Infamous Jag tops auction at Imperial War Museum

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Infamous Jag tops auction at Imperial War Museum | ClassicCars.com
The scene at the Imperial War Museum sale | H&H Classics photo

“Cats” and a military half-track personal carrier starred at H&H Classics auction last week at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England.

Overall, the auction did more than £2.3 million ($3.0355 million) in sales with 68 percent of lots going to new owners.

The top sale of the auction was a Carmen Red 1966 Jaguar E-type 4.2 roadster implicated in the 1967 “one-armed bandit murder” that inspired the movie Get Carter. The car sold for £155,250 ($204,896).

The car, sold with only 49,000 miles on its odometer, once was owned by Vince Landa, whose slot machines became a multi-million-dollar business in the mid-1960s. He owned nightclubs that hosted entertainers including Tom Jones and Roy Orbison.

One evening, an employee of Landa’s Social Club Services was murdered. Landa’s brother, who had been driving the Jaguar, and another person were convicted of the crime.

Another Jaguar selling at the auction was a 1958 XK150 S 3.4 that went for £138,000 ($182,130). The car was the seventh right-hand drive roadster produced. At some point, the car underwent restoration and its engine was replaced with a larger 3.8-liter unit, though the original triple carburetor setup was retained.

Infamous Jag tops auction at Imperial War Museum | ClassicCars.com
WW2 personal carrier

Another star “car” was a 1943 International Harvester M5 half-track personnel carrier that also sold for $182,130. The unit was used during the Allied liberation of Europe, probably by Polish forces before going to the French Army which used it in French Guyana for several decades. The vehicle was sold in the livery of the Polish 10th Regiment Dragonders.

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Elsewhere in the auction, a barn-found 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 B “Adenaur” cabriolet sold for £106,904 ($141,090). The car is believed to be one of only seven with right-hand drive.

Prices reported include buyer’s fees.

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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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