The world’s most comprehensive collection of competition cars from Scotland’s flagship team that won two consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races in the 1950s is to be sold at auction at Bonhams in London. Among the highlights are two sports-racing Jaguars – a 1953 C-Type and a 1956 D-Type.
The Collection also features the iconic Scottish team’s famous double-deck Commer car transporter. The restored transporter – famous to generations as subject of a much-coveted Corgi toy – is capable of carrying three cars (one inside and two on top) together with support crew, and even features an onboard workshop.
Scottish businessman and amateur racing driver David Murray founded Ecurie Ecosse in November 1951. From a humble garage in a cobbled Edinburgh mews, operating invariably upon a shoestring budget, this proudly Scots blue-liveried team would take on – and beat – some of the biggest names in world-class motor racing, and would win consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races for Jaguar in 1956 and 1957.