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Peter Blonds red D-Type "short-nose" - (Copyright RM Sotheby's)

Peter Blonds red D-Type "short-nose" - (Copyright RM Sotheby's)

Every year again, RM Sotheby's puts one on it again this year, but this time it will be a "goal", as the Englishman used to say. What am I talking about? At the beginning of last year in Paris a Jaguar D-Type went under the hammer, I reported about it in "Legends under the hammer" and now a bright red Jaguar D-Type "short-nose". Normally you can find such a color combination in Italian sports cars but no, so this Jaguar with the chassis number XKD518 actually went off the production line in 1956.
Originally delivered to Henlys, Manchester, UK, Bernard Charles "Bernie" Ecclestone first bought it, which soon passed it on to the racing driver Peter Blond. Blond took part in several races with him, including first place on the Snetterton circuit and a ninth in the Goodwood Trophy. In his long life so far, he has passed through many other famous hands, such as that of racing driver Jean Bloxham or Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant. In the meantime, it had also been repainted with a classic Racing Green and equipped with a passenger seat. In 1982, like many of his contemporaries, he finally left the European continent and became one of many in the car collection of George Stauffer in beautiful Wisconsin, USA.
Yesterday he found another owner. With the bidder number 3791, he paid 5.45 million dollars (about 4 million British pounds) for the red flash from Coventry. There's only one thing you can say: "Bernie, Bernie, would you have just kept him."
Jaguar Spares Days Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Jaguar Spares Days Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Next weekend, 15 March between 10:00 and 15:00, the Jaguar Spares Days will take place again in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Probably the most important date for all Jaguar screwdrivers among us who still urgently need Jaguar parts. The event takes place twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. The autumn date, due to the upcoming winter and the associated workshop time, is the more important one. More than 200 stalls offer everything from the rarest LUCAS relays to complete vehicles, from the beginnings of Standard & Swallow time to the rims of a Jaguar F-Type.
Until now, due to the current virus situation, there is no cancellation of the event, at least nothing can be found on the website. I am glad that one or the other of you should tell us about his visit here. For more information: http://www.jaguarsparesdays.co.uk
Bib Stillwell's Jaguar D-Type and Duncan Hamilton's Jaguar XK 120

Bib Stillwell's Jaguar D-Type and Duncan Hamilton's Jaguar XK 120

The new year is just awakening from its hibernation, as the first big auctions begin and with it the chance to acquire history, provided you have the necessary "small money". For us Jaguar crazy, two dates next month are very interesting. On February 5th, in the heart of Paris, at the feet of Napoleon Bonaparte, Place Vauban, the first large vintage car auction of the auction house RM Sotheby's on the old continent rises. With the lot number 171 a Jaguar D-Type "Shortnose" with the chassis No. XKD520. After its completion in 1955, his path led him directly to the other side of the world to Australia to his first owner the racing driver Bib Stillwell. Not only did the car compete in well-known races for many years and achieved some victories, such as the Bathurst Road Racing Championship in 1956.
The second event will take place on 22 and 23 February at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth near Coventry, the first Silverstone auction this year at Race Retro 2020. Under the hammer, the legendary Jaguar XK120 OTS lands in its distinctive green with the chassis No. 660332, with whom Duncan Hamilton competed in his first races in a Jaguar, at the end of which in 1953 the overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans stands. We'll see how the two famous Jaguars beat each other and whether they get a new home. I'll stick to it and report again at the end of next month.