Classic Jaguar leaves Leicester and sells for £5m!

A classic Jaguar registered POV 114, and an ex-LE Mans 24-hour C-Type has recently been sold for over £5 million at an auction in Monaco.

The vehicle, owned by third generation city motor dealer and race car enthusiast Robin Sturgess, was originally the 1952 Belgian-entered Le Mans car, chassis number ‘XKC 047’. However, Jaguar sold it in 1955 with the chassis re-stamped which lead to some confusion about the heritage of the racing classic.

It changed hands three times before becoming the property of Robin Sturgess, who continued to race the ageing C-Type before selling it on for £635. It remained with the buyer for 53 years, selling recently at Bohmans’ Monaco sale for an outstanding £5,715,580!

The Jaguar C-Type was a racing sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1951 – 1953 with the ‘C’ standing for competition. It is considered one of the most desirable and legendary sports racing cars of all time and was created specifically to win the Le Mans – which it did.