Moss in Monaco

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Words by: JPS for duncan quinn

With barely six months to go until the Monaco Grand Prix, we here at DQ are already getting in gear for the big event.

And in addition to the actual race and related hijinks Bonhams is set to make history with the sale of one of the world’s most famous race cars. On May 13 at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, they’ll auction off the legendary ex-Stirling Moss 1952 Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’, which could check it at a cool $15 million. Offered direct from the family that has owned it for 52 years, research indicates the car is fully original and un-restored since the day it left the Works team in 1955.

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Driven by Moss at Le Mans in 1952 it failed to finish that race but Moss piloted it to 5th place at the 1952 Goodwood 9-Hours race, following which World War II hero Major Tony Rolt drove it to victory in the September Goodwood Meeting. Then Moss once again took the wheel, campaigning it with “Mort” Morris-Goodall in the Mille Miglia, followed by veteran driver/journalist Tommy Wisdom in the Targa Florio. And in 1953 in its last outing as a Works car, Moss finished 4th in the final of the 1953 British Empire Trophy race on the Isle of Man. Jaguar then loaned it to the legendary Belgian racing team, Ecurie Francorchamps, following which it became one of the most raced and best-known of all C-Types on the British club-racing scene. What a beaut.

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Words by JPS for duncan quinn