Friday, December 17, 2010

RM Auctions: 1959 Aston Martin/Jaguar C-Type Roadster

For the next few days I will be featuring cars from the January 20-21 RM Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ. This year, several British Marques are featured making an unusually high concentration of Aston Martin cars for a US Auction. This auction has 7 classic Astons, lots: 111, 138, 142, 149, 150, 154, and 160.

Each day, I will feature one here. You can view the catalog HERE.

For our first offering is this unique "hybrid":

Chassis No.

To be auctioned on
Thursday, January 20, 2011
210 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine, two SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

- Aston Martin C-Type body with Jaguar XK150 chassis
- $200,000 spent on restoration
- Comes with English log book, documents and photos

By the 1930s, Aston Martin had gained a reputation for building very sporting motor cars and consistently competed at Le Mans and in the Mille Miglia. As the 1930s ground to a close, the company began to appreciate the advantages of streamlining. The end result was the C-Type of 1938, which resembles Pourtout’s Peugeot D’arl Mat roadster. Aston Martin C-Types are rarely seen, as only eight were built in 1938; five are known to exist today.

It is believed, but presently undocumented, that the car on offer carries one of these very rare C-Type bodies. In 1964, the body was mounted to a 1959 Jaguar XK150 chassis with a 3.4-liter engine for an electrifying combination of style and performance. The conversion appears to have been sanctioned by members of both marques, as we know that the car was owned both by an active Aston Martin Club member and a member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club at different times. The XK150, which provided the motive, power and frame for this elegant special, was first registered April 15th, 1959. The first owner on the duplicate log book was J. Smart and Co. of Hatfield in Hertfordshire in June 1963.West End Garage in Woking, Surrey bought it in June 1964, and then two further owners, Ronald Lewiston of Woking and Robin Kensett of Burpham, Surrey, are listed.

Since Lewiston and Kensett didn’t actually have their ownership stamped by the authorities, we may conclude the car was a “work in progress” at this time. But when Geoff Bishop of Lightwater in Surrey, an active member of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, bought the car, it fell into the right hands. Bishop sold it to Mounsey Robinson, a member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, in 1981. Beautifully restored in handsome dark blue, with a tan leather interior, this car comes to market from the estate of Bill Jacobs, who was well known for buying cars he could actually drive and enjoy. This elegant roadster is bound to both draw a crowd and show a clean pair of heels to much newer-appearing machinery on any number of classic rallies.

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