RM Sotheby’s Bring Historic Jaguar C-Type and ‘Blower’ Bentley to forthcoming London Auction



  • RM Sotheby’s announces two stunning headline lots for its London sale on 5th November, held in partnership with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
  • 1952 Jaguar C-Type, chassis 014, boasting period competition history and high eligibility for vintage racing and rallying, will share the limelight alongside 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer, the first of 50 immortal ‘Blower’ Bentleys produced by the factory
  • Sale to take place at a new, central London venue, and in association with The Royal Automobile Club, during ‘The London Motor Week’
  • Full information available at rmsothebys.com

LONDON, ENGLAND – August 19, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s is privileged to announce that it brings two of the most important examples of British motorcars ever produced to its London auction, in association with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, on 5th November at an all-new central London venue. It’s hard to imagine two cars that exemplify peak British automotive heritage more than the 1952 Jaguar C-Type and the 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer, which will take centre stage at the RM Sotheby’s 15th annual London sale.

1952 Jaguar C-Type (Tim Scott ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s) (2)
1952 Jaguar C-Type

1952 Jaguar C-Type (Tim Scott ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s) (3)
1952 Jaguar C-Type

The 1952 Jaguar C-Type left the company’s famed Browns Lane works in Coventry, England, on 7th October 1952 and was immediately dispatched to its first, Florida-based owner, Commander John “Jack” Rutherford, finished in cream with a green suede interior. As its ‘014’ chassis number suggests, it was the fourteenth example of the 53 cars produced, fitted with the corresponding engine number E-1014-8, and body no. K-1014, and it is significant that this important car retains its numbers-matching engine and is notable for its high levels of originality. Rutherford was to compete in the car extensively between 1952 and 1960, and the car’s performance in his hands at the NASCAR speed week at Daytona Beach, is notable for a timed run at 134.07mph. With its second owner, the car raced in several SCCA races between 1961 and 1962 and achieved notable results including several 1st in class performance as well participating in the 1962 Road America 500 Miles. The third US-based owner retained the car for 24 years and eventually sold the car to a German collector who undertook a complete and detailed restoration in 1988, when the car was repainted in classic British Racing Green. With a thoroughly known and documented history, this important competition Jaguar is eligible for almost all historic motoring events (Estimate: £4,000,000 – £4,500,000).

1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer (Tim Scott ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer

1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer (Tim Scott ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer

The 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer, is one of the few cars that can genuinely claim to match the Jaguar C-Type in terms of its historical place in British motoring history. The fabled ‘Blower’ Bentleys were developed in the quest for more power and performance from the marque’s definitive four-cylinder engine, and the Supercharged cars will forever be associated with Bentley’s pre-war racing efforts and great drivers such as Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin. The cars featured a new supercharger designed by Amherst Villiers, which when added to the 4½-litre engine, hiked the power from 100bhp to 175bhp. 50 such cars were commissioned, and the car offered for sale in London is no less than the very first ‘Blower’ completed at the factory in 1930, chassis SM3903. Furthermore, this car was displayed at the 1929 London Motor Show and it was retained by Bentley Motors for some time afterwards, serving as company demonstrator until late in 1931 before being sold via London’s Jack Barclay dealership. The car’s history is extremely well documented and is supported by a comprehensive report by the leading Bentley, expert Clare Hay. Chassis SM3903’s undisputed status as the very first of the famed Blower Bentleys completed seals the car’s place in automotive history and certainly makes it one of the most significant Bentleys in existence. Like the Jaguar, the Bentley will be welcomed at all leading events the world over. (Estimate: £3,800,000 – £4,200,000).

1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series I (Tim Scott ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series I

1931 Rolls-Royce 20 25 ‘Dreadnought Special’ (Tom Gidden ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1931 Rolls-Royce 20 25 ‘Dreadnought Special’

Continuing with the British theme, other early consignments for the London sale include a highly desirable 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series I (Estimate: £325,000 – £375,000) and a one-off 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 ‘Dreadnought Special’, a high-performance and expertly engineered pre-war special, featuring a highly tuned supercharged Bentley 4½-litre engine in a Rolls Royce 20/25 chassis, and boasting unique sports bodywork. (Estimate: £150,000 – £200,000).


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About RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

With its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, the RM Sotheby’s Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton (staged specifically as a non-profit making event) commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The first commemoration of the Emancipation Run was held in 1897 with a drive to Sheen House in Richmond Park. Then, in 1927, the inaugural re-enactment followed the original Brighton route and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

For more information visit: www.veterancarrun.com 

Source: RM Sotheby’s 

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