Of the eight vehicles in Skipworth’s collection that sold in December, his 1952 Jaguar C-Type two-seater commanded the most, selling for £2,913,500 (about $4.8 million). During the 1953 racing season, the car was campaigned by five Ecurie Ecosse drivers—including Jimmy Stewart (a Formula 1 World Championship driver) and Ninian Sanderson (the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956)—during which the car finished on the podium six times out of 16 events.
Subsequent owners continued to race this C-Type, entering it in various historic events throughout the 1970s. The car even spent a brief time in Australia in the early 1980s before being sold back to a Scottish enthusiast. Skipworth acquired the car in 1992, and it became the core of his Ecurie Ecosse collection. “I have come to regard her as the second lady in my life,” Skipworth once said of the Jaguar.
Over the course of its life, this C-Type has raced at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and has participated in the Mille Miglia Retro, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, and the Italia Classica. The car has been driven by auto racing’s elite, including Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart. According to Bonhams’ auto specialists, this C-Type is the most pure of all the cars in Skipworth’s Ecurie Ecosse collection and it comes with the best provenance.