Vintage Ecurie Ecosse racing transporter sells for staggering £1.8 million at auction


Ecurie Ecosse Auction

A beautiful 1959 Commer TS3 three-car transporter, that once moved the famous Ecurie Ecosse motor racing team and its collection of cars to and from Le Mans has sold for an eye-watering price at auction.

Racing enthusiast Dick Skipworth decided to sell his collection of Ecurie Ecosse racers, that were once the property of team founder David Murray, a Scottish businessman and amateur racer whose team won back-to-back Le Mans races in 1956 and 1957.

The shapely Commer TS3 transporter is perhaps one of the most recognisable team buses of the era, forever cemented in history thanks to the many Corgi toy replicas that were created in its wake.

Dick's entire collection was up for sale, which consisted of: a 1952 Jaguar C-type sports racing roadster, a 1956 Jaguar D-type 'Shortnose', a 1951 Jaguar XK120 roadster, a 1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar sports racing prototype, a 1960 Cooper Monaco-Climax 'Mark II' Type 57 sports racing prototype, a 1962-63 Tojeiro Buick endurance racing coupe and a 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite Grand Touring Coupe.

The collection in its entirely fetched £8.8 million with the aforementioned XK120 Roadster setting a record fee of £707,000 for a car of its type with Bonhams auction house.

A video below, created by the chaps over at Goodwood's FortyOneSix website, charts Dick's final day with his beloved Commer TS3 transporter and the selling process.

Skip to the 7-minute mark if you just want the excitement of the auction itself.