The ‘first proper racing car’ raced by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has sold at auction for almost £42,000 ($75,000).

The 1960 Marcos GT Xylon was put up for sale by Silverstone Auctions in ‘barn find’ condition; the car has been kept in storage for over 40 years after production of the model ceased at the boutique carmaker’s factory.

Just a handful of these cars were built by Marcos, founded in 1959 by engineering duo Jem Marsh and engineer Frank Costin. The GT Xylon was unusual in that its body was made out of laminated plywood in order to save weight.

Stewart came to drive the car by dint of a test drive opportunity in 1960 at the Oulton Park circuit, subsequently going on to win several sports car races before his open-wheel racing career took off.

“It was the first proper, what I would call, racing car I ever drove,” Stewart recalled to BBC Radio Scotland.

“It was very fragile but because of the plywood it was also very light. It was a competitive car and we won several little things with it. At that time it was certainly good enough for me.”

The identity of the car’s new owner has not been made public.

Image via Carz Garage

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.