Ecurie Ecosse Collection up for grabs

A collection of Ecurie Ecosse race cars, in their famous blue and white livery, will be offered for sale at auction in December at Bonhams who are holding the auction at their refurbished headquarters on New Bond Street in London.

Bonhams claim that the 8 strong collection is the most comprehensive line up of vehicles from the Ecure Ecosse team, which was founded by David Murray in 1951.

The team won Le Mans with its Jaguar D-types in 1956 and ’57, among its 68 victories in 10 seasons of racing.

The cars being auctioned in December are from the Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse Collection, which consists of a 1952 XK120 Roadster, 1953 C-type, 1956 D-type, 1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar, 1960 Cooper T49 Monaco, 1961 Austin-Healey “Sebring” Sprite, 1962 Tojeiro-Buick Coupe and, perhaps most distinctive of all, the 1959 Commer Ecurie Ecosse Transporter.

Liberace’s Car fails to sell

A Cadillac that’s covered in gold leaf, and which is believed to have once belonged to the flamboyant pianist and entertainer Liberace, has failed to sell at auction. The 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drop Head Coupé features 23.75ct gold leaf-clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles.

These embellishments were added during a lavish, three-year project carried out in the 1970s by the then-owner, Jack Smith of Kansas, USA. Mr Smith sold the car at auction in 1975, and more recently it spent 12 years on display in a German museum, which presented it as Liberace’s car. The gold leaf coachwork is offset by white leather upholstery. The gear lever top used to be gem-studded platinum. Under the bonnet is a 5.7-litre V8 engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

According to the auction house Barons, while not pristine the car is in lovely condition and has been the subject of a considerable renovation. You can still see the gold plating on the inner door handles and even the wiper arms. The precious stones are still present in the hub caps but the mascot has lost one of the rubies.