They say that red cars go faster — and this bright red 1950 Jaguar roadster is expected to be snapped up quickly when it is auctioned on Sunday.
It features among one of the most substantial collections of cars to be auctioned in South Australia in more than two decades.
The vintage convertible Jaguar, valued at more than $100,000, is part of the collection of legendary SA motorsport identity Clem Smith (above), who died aged 90 in February.
Mr Smith’s family is auctioning the collection of more than 30 cars, which are expected to fetch more than $1 million.
As Mr Smith’s youngest son, Brenton Smith, 63, looked at the cars sitting in the large hangar at Mallala Motor Sport Park, where they have been maintained and housed for decades, he reflected on the end of an era.
“I’m not as sad as when my father died, but it’s the end of an era — this is our last connection,” he said.
Clem Smith dedicated his life to motor racing, cutting his teeth as a driver at Brompton’s Rowley Park Speedway before racing a Hudson Terraplane at Sellicks Beach in the early 1950s.
In 1977 Mr Smith bought the Mallala Race Circuit. After a lengthy court battle, he redeveloped it into the Mallala Motor Sport Park and opened it for car racing in 1982.
Brenton Smith said following his father’s death, the family had sold Mallala to the motorsport-loving Shahin family and didn’t have the capacity to store or maintain the much-loved car collection.
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