The highest-value car ever to go to public auction in Australia will cross the block at the annual Motorclassica Auction this year, on Saturday night 14 October.

One of the most iconic and coveted cars in the collector car world, the 1955 Jaguar D-type is expected to sell for between $7 million and $8 million, according to auction house Mossgreen.

Owned in Europe by the renowned former Le Mans 24 Hour winner Duncan Hamilton, chassis XKD510 enjoyed many successes in the UK and French West Africa before going to Singapore, and eventually Australia in the late ‘60s.

Noted Jaguar collector Ian Cummins owned it for a time here before Australian motor racing legend and former President of Lear Jet, Bib Stillwell bought the car at auction for a then World record price. Stillwell took it to the USA, where he successfully campaigned it across America on the historic racing scene. Of recent times the car has featured on display at the famed Donington Museum in the UK, before returning to Australia again.

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

To be staged for the eighth consecutive year at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica is Australia’s premier classic and collector car and motorcycle exhibition.

It uniquely mixes rare, exotic and collectable cars and motorcycles from around the world, with the latest contemporary high-end sports and performance models.

Mossgreen’s first Motorclassica Auction will see 31 prestigious, rare and collectable cars and motorcycles go under the hammer, highlighted by the D-type Jaguar, along with 18 lots of collectible numberplates and automobilia.

“The Jaguar D-type is one of the world’s most significant and collectible marques, and we are thrilled and excited to have this exceptional and historic car consigned to our inaugural Motorclassica Auction,” Mossgreen CEO 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.”

Another racing car is also sure to capture the interest of global car collectors at Mossgreen’s auction.

A 1956 Cooper Climax T39 Bob-tail sports car once raced by British-born American Lance Reventlow, the son of Woolworth’s heiress Barbara Hutton, is estimated to bring more than $400,000, as well as a 1934 MG Q Type with Australian racing history driven by Hope Bartlett and Jumbo Goddard.

For Jaguar enthusiasts who miss out on the D-type, there is an example of the coveted flat-floor 1961 E-type 3.8, expected to fetch more than $300,000, which has been in single family ownership for 43 years.

“The Motorclassica Auction has certainly attracted international market cars and buyers before, but for us to bring to market a D-type with such provenance is a genuine high point in our eight year history,” Event Director Paul Mathers said.

Other highly desirable cars in the 2017 Motorclassica Auction will be a 1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ recreation, a very original 1965 Porsche 911, two Maserati Ghiblis and an outstanding 1969 Mini Cooper S.

Enthusiasts interested in older cars of historical significance might like a boat-tailed 1930 Ford Model A which set a record for the Sydney to Bourke run or a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 Tourer which set both trans-continental and around Australia records in the late ‘30s.

For motorcycle fans there’s a special treat, a matching pair of 1939 Harley-Davidson Model Us with side-cars with an unbroken line of provenance.

Known as Black Saddle and Brown Saddle, both outfits have been held in the same family ownership for 78 years and 68 years respectively, the former bought new and the latter acquired 10 years later.

There’s also a striking 1973 Moto Guzzi El Dorado on offer which compliments the Moto Guzzi display which is a feature of this year’s Motorclassica that will attract the purist Italian motorcycle enthusiasts.

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