$8.7m Jag could be the most expensive car ever sold in Australia
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A rare post-war Jaguar road racer is expected to smash an Australian auction record and become the nation's most expensive car.
The 1955 British racing green Jaguar D-Type, the only model of its kind in Australia, could sell for up to $8.7 million at Melbourne's Motorclassica Auction in October, valuers say.
This particular XKD510 chassis has a storied history. Over the years, it has been owned by several well-known collectors including former Le Mans champion Duncan Hamilton.
It has raced around the world - as well as Australia in the late 1960s - and more recently been displayed at England's Donington Museum.
'Along with impeccable provenance and competition history, the D-Type is gorgeous, an absolute work of art, a sculpture on wheels, one of the most beautiful cars ever made,' Mossgreen auction house boss Paul Sumner said on Tuesday.
'It's the most valuable car to ever go to public auction in Australia, and no doubt will set new records on auction night.'
Another Jaguar D-Type, winner of the 1965 Le Mans endurance race, sold for $29.7 million in the US last year - the highest auction bounty in history for a British-produced car.
The Australian-based 3.4-litre six-cylinder green machine will go under the hammer at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on October 14.