Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.
Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes.
Cars owned by the late racer that are on the auction docket include:
- The 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Sears drove to the touring car title in 1963
- 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom Limousine by Thrupp & Maberley and owned by the Sears family since new
- 1955 Nekaf Army Jeep
- 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
- 1948 MG TC
- 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt
- 1971 BMW 3.0 S
- 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth
Of those cars, the championship-winning ’63 Ford has the highest pre-sale estimated value of £180,000 to £220,000 ($230,000 to $280,000).