JAC Auction Spring 2020

Jaguar Automobilia Collector First Preview of Spring Auction 2020

Ian Cooling has sent me the first Preview of his Spring Jaguar Automobilia auction and it includes the first batch of entries from the collection of Norman Dewis OBE. Norman left instructions that his entire estate, including the collection, should be sold for the benefit of his children and grand-children. Ian was delighted (and very flattered!) subsequently to be asked by Norman Dewis’s children to help dispose of his collection.

The first 10 entries in the Preview are from Norman’s collection and a fascinating group they are including a very rare trio of D-type literature, Le Mans programmes from the 1950s, the rare price list of Coombs’ Jaguar modifications, an original press pack for the E-type launch and so on.

Other entries from elsewhere shown in this Preview include – literature and instruments from the SS Cars era. Original Nardi steering wheel for the XJ220. A rare XJR 15 bonnet badge, a foolscap-size group of scores of Service Bulletins from the 1950s and that’s just for starters. The final catalogue will include 900-plus Lots!

Writing in mid-February, Ian told me he is only about half-way through cataloguing Norman’s collection and it is almost certainly heading for around 200 Lots. Entries coming up include Norman’s racing/testing kit – race suits and overalls, helmets, goggles, gloves, boots and much, much more besides.

A second Preview will be sent out in mid-March to everyone on Ian’s mailing list and that will include a second batch of entries from Norman’s collection. The auction itself will launch in early April.

If you are not already on Ian’s list and would like to be kept posted, you can register on his website at this link – https://www.jaguarautomobilia.com/register/

If you have any queries on this Preview or anything else about the auction, just mail Ian direct at – ian.cooling@invictanet.co.uk


Jaguar Automobilia from the Norman Dewis Collection

A rare trio of D-type literature. Top, original service handbook from the 1950s (e£500-600). Lower left – later reprint by British Leyland (e£20-250). Disc brake maintenance booklet (£400-450)
The very rare Coombs list of modifications for Mark 2 and S-type. Gives details and prices for various levels of performance (e£100-150)
A unique hallmarked silver-gilt cigarette case by Mappin and Webb. Celebrates Norman’s 172.412 mph run along the Jabbeke straight in October 1953. (e£250-300)
Four Le Mans programmes. All estimated at £100-150
Andrew Whyte’s book “Jaguar – The History of a Great British Car” signed by Sir William Lyons, Bill Haynes and Andrew. A rare trio. (e£100-125)
Instruction Book for the 2 ½ Litre SS Jaguar. Covers the early SS100s. (e£125-150)
Original launch press pack for the E-type launch in 1961. (e£100-150)
Salesman’s Data Book covering 4.2 litre Series 1 E-type, Mark 2, S-type, 420 and 420G. Huge amount of detail. (e£125-150)
Never seen this before. The “Power and Glory” image of the pit crews at work on the wining C-type at Le Mans 1953. Every member of the Jaguar team is identified in the photo and by function in the panel to the right. An historical piece. (e£100-150)
An imposing solid bronze sculpture of the short-nose D-type by craftsman Dave Venell. 16 inches long and very heavy! A presentation piece for Norman during the 2010 C/D-type Tour in the States. (£500-600)



Other Entries in the Spring 2020 Jaguar Automobilia Collector Auction

“Radio as you Ride”. The rarest of all the pre-war SS Cars literature. This leaflet is for the permanent fitment of a Philco radio into SS 1 cars. (e£1000-1100)
Clock for the SS 1 dashboard. Untested. Rare. (e£500-550)
Original SS Car Club badge. Stone chip at foot. (e£400-500)
Original Nardi steering wheel for the XJ220. Fine, close to mint. (e£1000-1200)
Bonnet badge for the XJR 15. One of the rarest post-war Jaguar badges. (e£250-300)
Bound group of foolscap-size Jaguar Service Bulletins. Scores of them running from No 74 to January 1951 to No 260 – February 1959. Mainly XK120, Mark VII and Mark 1. Very unusually, this set includes an index to Bulletins up to No 187 – May 1956. Very rare thus. (e£500-600)
“On your Marks!”. An original Mark 2 piece from a gallery of artwork by former Jaguar staffer Stuart Spencer. (e£150-200)
A splendid group of desk pieces from the 1950s. “Jag on a Box” (e£400-450). Roller blotter (e£200-250). Desk calendar and notepad – incomplete. (e£50-75). Desk lighter (e£50-75)
A selection of AutoArt’s superb 1:18 scale Jaguar models, (various estimates)
A fine portfolio of over 30 original water-colour cartoons by Julian Kirk. All are excellent examples of Julian’s off-the-wall humour in a variety of Jaguar settings. (various estimates)

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