December 1st, Bonhams will auction the famous team Scotland, collector Dick Skipworth. The sale of these eight gems should approach 5 million pounds.
Among the eight vehicles sold, include the iconic carrier of stable Scotland , popularized by the miniature made by Corgi Toys in 1960. Found in a wreck and completely restored, this truck was used to transport the collector, his blue fireballs an event to another all over Europe.
But it is of course the racing cars which attract primarily lovers. All painted in the colors of the team in this metallic blue so characteristic that seduced Dick Skipworth as a teenager. Busy with his business – Dick Skipworth is the founder of Memec third electronic components distributor in the world – and his passion then sailing, he returned to his love of youth in the 1990s after capsizing in the open ocean . He then formed one of the most beautiful thematic collections of racing cars from the first acquisition, a replica of a Lynx Jaguar D Scotland team, that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans type.
The Stars of the Sale
The two cornerstones of the sale will be a 1953 Jaguar Type C and Type D 1956. The Type C is one of the first built with drum brakes. The Scotland team received the first Type C supplied by a private Jaguar team in July 1952. -Approved a Tuesday, it was engaged the following weekend at the Jersey Road Race where Ian Stewart prevailed.
Among the drivers, who succeeded in driving the car registered KSF182 offered for sale (XKC042 chassis) include Ninian Sanderson, future Le Mans winner, Jack Lawrence, Jimmy Stewart (brother of the late champion Jackie Stewart) and Frank Curtis . The car was restored at the end of the season VEC after the explosion of the engine at Portimao in Portugal.
As for the Jaguar D Type 1956, registered MWS303 (XKD561 frame), it is a short nose without vertical rear wing, seen by many as the most beautiful version of the line of type D. It is not part of those who raced at Le Mans.
Other Jaguar are showing, It is especially a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. It was one of the three original cars which served as a starting point for the Scotland team in 1952, while remaining the property of the rich gentleman driver. She made her first race at Castle Combe in 1952 led by Sir James Scott-Douglas, the owner. Dick Skipworth was acquired in 1993.
More rare and unique, a Jaguar Tojeiro 1959. Hoping to put the Jaguar D-type level Tojeiro John was commissioned by John Ogier, him to concoct a special type D in 1956. He then lent his two cars to the Scotland team, who had commissioned a third “Toj” in 1959, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driven by Ron Flockhart and John Lawrence, it gave way to the 12th hour of engine failure.
Cooper Monaco MkII 1960 (DM/773/W chassis) will be particularly followed, as it is officially the first car driven by Jackie Stewart and led it to victory in its first outing. He won eight consecutive victories on board between August 1963 and March 1964. This is the wheel that was noticed by Ken Tyrrell who hired for its Formula 1 team for the 1964 season.
She also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where she gave the third time following an accident. This is one of the 32 Cooper Monaco built between 1959 and 1964, he was built only four copies MkII in 1960. It was purchased as a kit by the Scotland team. His Coventry Climax engine was used in the Tojeiro EE for 1962 season, the first GT mid-engine built in Britain. It was then transformed into Formula car for free before being reformed and enter the collection of Major Edward Thomson, one of the generous support of the Scotland team. She entered the collection of Dick Skipworth in 2001.
Special of “Toj”
The Tojeiro-Buick 1962 is actually one of two mid-engine cars controlled by John Tojeiro Scotland team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1962 Tojeiro EE. They included a tubular chassis with independent suspension powered by a Coventry Climax FPF of 2.7 liters and are the first former British GT mid-engine (Cooper Monaco ran in the Sports category), the Lola Ford MkIV.
Their body was due to Cavendish Morton, who had dressed the special AC Tojeiro, eighth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958. One ran at Le Mans – the other served as a stock of spare parts – and retired to 8 hours. The following year, both cars received Ford and Buick V8 in place of the 4-cylinder Coventry Climax. Jackie Stewart’s piloted successfully in this form in the British racing club.
The Austin-Healey Sprite “Sebring” 1961 had also been designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The arrival of less than 1000 cm3 did not unanimously in the Scotland team. She was hired at Le Mans in 1961 when she gave up the fifth hour after an accident. It came with a sloping front that has not been faithfully restored, during the restoration. Unlike, its streamlined headlights and its hard top features.
Note that the sale will take place at the headquarters of Bonhams New Bond Street, London, newly rebuilt, specially designed to accommodate the sales of auto auctions. It is due to architectural firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.