31 August, 2016

A Jaguar D-Type that raced to victory in the world famous 24 hour of Le Mans, has just claimed another staggering prize some 60 years later, by becoming the most expensive British automobile of all time.

The Jaguar, which won the famously gruelling race at Le Mans back in 1956, shattered the British record when it sold at a Monterey RM Sotheby’s auction in California on the 19th August for £16.64 million ($21.78 million).

Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb piloted the D-Type to victory by a single lap, defeating the legendary Stirling Moss into second in an Aston Martin DB3S. The Jaguar has a 3.4-litre straight-six motor which completed 2,507 miles in the day’s racing and achieved a top speed of 156.9mph down the Mulsanne Straight.

With the world’s most expensive cars being dominated by Italian manufacturers, especially Ferrari, the British made Jaguar comes in at a very respectable 7th. This is still some way behind the record holder though, a Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for a staggering £29.17 million ($38 million) in 2014.

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