Copy of Tommy Wisdom’s famous Jaguar racing car to go under the hammer at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens
Auctions normally see sales pass the £1million mark in Buxton and this year will again see the promenade full of vintage cars on July 7.
One of the lots that caught the attention of Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics, is a copy of Jaguar’s first sports car to be fitted with disc brakes, privately owned by racing driver and journalist, Tommy Wisdom, and which was developed alongside Jaguar works racing cars.
Damian said, “This is one of the most beautiful Type-C evocations we’ve come across and definitely a labor of love.”
The engineer who created the vehicle, which is estimated to be between £40,000 and £50,000, made almost annual pilgrimages to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and had long dreamed of building a Jaguar C-Type Evocation. He opted for a Realm Heritage kit because of the strength of its tubular steel space frame chassis.
After purchasing the engine, manual overdrive gearbox, axles, steering and pedals for a 1975 3.4-litre Jaguar XJ6, he spent months the following year assembling this stunning C-Type. Realm Heritage.
The Buxton event, which will take motorists on a vintage journey dating back nearly a century, will see 63 cars up for auction, including a 1980 MG B GT with 31,000 miles on the odometer with an estimate of between 9,000 and £11,000, and a 1981 Austin Morris Mini 95 Van.
For those on a bigger budget, a 2007 Porsche 911 is also on the list for lots between £48,000 and £54,000.
Paul Kelsall, general manager of Pavilion Gardens, said: ‘It’s great to be back at H&H auctions.
“They’ve been coming here for years and even stayed with us while the Octagon was being repaired.
“It’s so beautiful to see all the cars on the promenade, so even if you’re not looking to buy a car, go down to the gardens and spend some time looking at cars you’ll never be able to afford.”