Fam­ily mod­els fal­ter

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -


A PRIDE of sleek, sought-af­ter 1950s Jaguars are go­ing un­der the ham­mer at Shan­nons Syd­ney Sum­mer Clas­sic Auc­tion next month.

The top cat in the pride of ’53 is a fas­tid­i­ously built and de­tailed re-cre­ation of a Le Mans fac­tory C-type rac­ing road­ster (pic­tured) that has cov­ered just 500 shake­down miles since its com­ple­tion in 2003 and would cost in ex­cess of $250,000 to re­pro­duce to­day.

Based on ex­act mea­sure­ments taken from an orig­i­nal 1953 C-type that was in New Zealand for restora­tion some years ago, the one-owner ve­hi­cle is the sec­ond of seven recre­ated C-types built by a well­known New South Wales restora­tion spe­cial­ist. It is ex­pected to sell in the $150,000-$180,000 range.

Two stun­ning Aus­tralian-de­liv­ered XK120 sports mod­els – a Road­ster and a rare Fixed Head Coupe – are ex­pected to at­tract bids in the $100,000$120,000 range and $66,000-$76,000 re­spec­tively.

En­thu­si­asts of Jaguar’s ev­er­green MKII Sa­loon mod­els can choose from a mod­i­fied Bri­tish Rac­ing Green with chrome wire wheels 1963 3.8 man­ual sa­loon and a white and very orig­i­nal 1969 2.4 au­to­matic.

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