On your marks... This £4.7m Jaguar D-Type is going to public auction

Rebecca Smith
The Jaguar will go to auction in October
The Jaguar will go to auction in October (Source: Mossgreen Auctions)

Feast your eyes on this, for it's one of the most coveted vehicles in the car collector world.

The 1955 Jaguar D-Type is headed to public auction, and with auction house Mossgreen expecting it to sell for between £4m to £4.7m, it's the highest-value car ever to go to public auction in Australia.

The car is set for the spotlight at the annual Motorclassica Auction on 14 October in Melbourne, where it will join 30 other rare cars and motorcycles in going under the hammer.

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There's a colourful history behind the snazzy exterior too. Owned in Europe by former Le Mans 24 Hour winner Duncan Hamilton, chassis XKD510 went onto Singapore, and then Australia in the late 1960s. Jaguar collector Ian Cummins owned it for a while, before Australian motor racing driver Bib Stillwell bought the car at auction for a then-world record price.

He took it to the US and took it across the States on the historic racing scene. It has also been on display at the Donington Museum in the UK, before returning Down Under.

(Source: Mossgreen Auctions)

Mossgreen said the XKD510 is the only genuine D-Type Jaguar in Australia.

Mossgreen chief executive Paul Sumner said:

Along with impeccable provenance and competition history, the D-Type is gorgeous, an absolute work of art, a sculpture on wheels, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. It’s the most valuable car to ever go to public auction in Australia, and no doubt will set new records on auction night at Motorclassica.

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