More than $325 Million Sold at 2017 Monterey Car Auctions

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6. 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster
Sale Price: $8,000,000
Auction: Bonhams
To compete with Ferrari’s 250 GTO, Jaguar began development of a lightweight, more aerodynamic racing version of the E-Type; the first of just 12 cars rolled out in October 1962. Two lightweight E-Types entered the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1963: Ed Leslie and Frank Morrill placing 7th overall and first in class for owner Kjell Qvale, and Bruce McLaren and Walt Hansgen finishing 8th overall and second in class for owner Briggs Cunningham. At Le Mans in June 1963, three E-Type Lightweights took to the track, with Bob Grossman and Cunningham finishing 9th overall and second in class. Chassis number S850664 was the seventh Lightweight built, and the second of three cars sold to Briggs Cunningham; it qualified 14th at Le Mans but retired after just one hour. Later in the race, the car of Grossman and Cunningham had a minor crash; race mechanics cut off part of the hood of S850664 to repair the Grossman / Cunningham car. After a few races in the U.S., the car went into Cunningham’s museum.

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