Ecurie Ecosse cars sell for £8.8m
Stunning Scottish racers go big at auction as world's coolest transporter fetches £1.8m
Posted: 05 Dec 2013
Eight cars bearing the legendary Ecurie Ecosse colours have sold at auction for a combined sum of £8.8 million.
The seven racers and transporter - surely the world's coolest race-team truck, no? - were sold in Bonhams' December sale, apparently prompting scenes of jubilation. We can see why.
Ecurie Ecosse, despite being a small race team hailing from Scotland, took back-to-back victories at Le Mans in '56 and '57 in Jaguar D-Types. The team - resurrected in the 80s - later went on to win the '86 C2 class of the World Sportscar Championship, and raced Cavaliers in the BTCC in the early ‘90s.
The sale cars were part of Dick Skipworth's private collection, and included a 1953 C-Type - sold for a cool £2.9m - and 1956 D-Type. Dick himself is a bit of a helmsman too; he's been known to partake in historic races and rallies, and has been a lifelong supporter of the Ecurie team.
Of course, the seven race cars are all very nice and dandy, but the star of the collection was undoubtedly the 1960 Commer TS3 transporter - a car immortalised for a generation thanks to the Corgi toy - that sold to a US buyer for a whopping £1.8 million following a telephone bidding war that lasted for 20 minutes.
Have a click through the pics and pick your favourite. And it's only allowed to be the transporter.
Oh, and fans of Ecurie Ecosse will be pleased to know the newly-resurrected team is planning a 2014 return to Le Mans. Click here for the full story...