Monterey, California – A 1952 Jaguar C-Type originally driven to victory by Phil Hill has sold for $2.53 million, a new record for a C-Type.
The car was driven onto the auction block by Hill’s son Derek at RM Auction’s Sports and Classics of Monterey event in California.
The car, XKC-007, was one of the first C-Types delivered to North America. Hill, then 25, drove the car at Elkhart Lake to claim the C-Type’s first North American victory. He later achieved further success at Torrey Pines that same year.
The event saw 85 per cent of the 239 cars sold, with sales exceeding a total of $34 million. Other million-plus cars sold at the show included a 1955 Aston Martin DB3S, for $1.98 million, and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ convertible coupe at $1.43 million. A factory-original 2005 Ford GT was offered on behalf of the Ford Motor Company and sold for $181,500, with a portion benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.