Race-proven cars headline Coys’ auction near Goodwood

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1950 alloy-bodied Jaguar XK120 going to auction | Coys photos

An alloy-bodied 1950 Jaguar XK120 competition roadster, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster and a 1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 Group C racer highlight the docket for Coys’ auction during the Goodwood Revival. The “Thoroughbred & Vintage” auction is scheduled for September 7 at Fontwell House in Sussex Downs.

Sauber raced Mercedes-powered cars at Le Mans

The ’50 Jaguar roadster is known as “Piggy” and is one of only 184 left-hand-drive alloy roadsters. It was delivered new to Charles Hornburg of Los Angeles, the first U.S. importer of Jaguars. The car raced in the U.S. for several years before returning to the U.K. around 1973, where it was raced by John Harper and also gained its nickname.

The car goes to auction with a pre-sale estimated value of £200,000 to £250,000 ($260,000 to $325,000).

The ’60 300 SL is silver with red leather interior, has been driven only 71,000 kilometers, in part because it spend nearly 30 years in a garage before undergoing a mechanical restoration by the Mercedes Classic Center.

The ’89 Sauber Mercedes comes from the Sauber Mercedes Museum, has an M117 C9 engine, “modern” electronic system and all the FIA paperwork needed for vintage racing eligibility, Coys said.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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