The car was one of only two which were upgraded by McLaren Special Operations to feature an LM-spec engine and the "Extra High Downforce Package."

Records were smashed in the same auction for Jaguar as the 1953 C-Type Works Lightweight race car, which was one of three made, sold for $13.2 million.

The interest in British specialist cars is at an all time high, with Jaguar's C- and D-Types, the XKSSs and the Competition E-Types fairing at auction as the most collectible British cars. It seems that rarity and provenance are of most importance when it comes to collecting British cars.

In February of this year Bonhams brought to the market a rare 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible from the same series as the car that was driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, 1969. The left-hand drive DB5 convertibles were extremely rare as only 35 were ever made. It went under the gavel at Bonhams Grand Palais auction in Paris for £1 430 715, setting a new world record for the DB5.

Keith Richard's 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur which he described in his 2010 autobiography as the car which "had carried us on many an acid-fueled journey." Nickname Blue Lena after jazz musician Lena Horne,  the car sold at Bonhams in September for £763 100, the rockstar history behind the car in no doubt having an impact.

Check out realised prices for cars at auction here.

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