Lot : Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster
n 1963 Jaguar produced 12 all-aluminium E-types that are now known as the Lightweights. They were built as out-and-out racing cars to compete on the great tracks of the world, primarily against Ferrari with their recently introduced 250 GTO. Each of the 12 went to established racing teams (and drivers) of the era. To support these vehicles, the factory produced a number of major spare components including six monocoques (body shells) a further eight bespoke all-aluminium engines and several ZF gear boxes that were bought in from Germany for these cars. One of the original 12 Lightweights went to Peter Lindner who as well as being the main distributor for Jaguar in Germany was also a very competent racing driver, having won the German Touring Car Championship in a Mark II Jaguar. Indeed, Lindner's first outing in his new Lightweight in 1963 was at the Avus track in Germany and after the first lap he was leading Ferrari's GTOs. Mechanical failure put an end to that race but in 1964 he entered his car for the Le Mans 24 hours. Jaguar decided to give Lindner unofficial factory support for his Le Mans assault and the car went back to Coventry where Malcolm Sayer - who designed the C-type, D-type and E-Type - changed the bodywork on Lindner's car to its unique Low Drag shape. A failed head gasket at Le Mans put an end to that adventure and then very sadly in October 1964 Lindner was killed in an awful crash at Montlhery aboard the E-Type and as a result the car was impounded by the French authorities for a further 10 years. It was finally repatriated in the late 1970's and it ended up in the workshops of Lynx, a company famous at the time for their work on historic cars. The car was so badly damaged that Lynx were fortunate to be able to buy the two remaining unused spare Lightweight monocoques that Jaguar had produced from Sir Anthony Bamford of JCB fame who it turn had acquired them from the factory. The other four spare Lightweight monocoques had all been used in period to repair the original 12 cars. The engineers at Lynx stripped all the components off the damaged Lindner car and reassembled it using the new body shell. Fast forward to 2007 and the reborn car, along with the original very badly damaged body shell, were sold out of the Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany where they had sat for 25 years to the owner of Classic Motor Cars Limited in Bridgnorth (CMC), the world renowned Jaguar restoration business. CMC took on the herculean task of restoring the Lindner car's original very badly damaged body shell whilst also stripping all the relevant components off its second incarnation. Some 7,000 man hours later they presented to the world the only factory-produced Low Drag E-type Coupe which amazingly boasts over 90% of the original monocoque. CMC were rewarded with the highly prestigious Restoration of the Year Award in late 2011 for their work. As a result of restoring the original body shell, CMC were left with the original (formerly spare) period Lightweight monocoque that Lynx had used in the 1970's for their refurbishment. CMC were subsequently able to purchase an original Lightweight engine which came out of the Walter Hill collection in the USA. Mr Hill was a world famous Jaguar collector and the provenance of the engine is beyond reproach. To this they were able to add, via Henry Pearman of Eagle E-Type, an original factory ZF gearbox that again has impeccable provenance. Many of the other components came from the donor car, a 1963 E-Type Roadster that remarkably has a body number just 10 removed from the body number of the 1963 Peter Lindner Lightweight and this car would have undoubtedly have been in the factory at the same time. The seats are original Lightweight seats and today it appropriately carries the registration number '4 GXO', which is just two digits removed from the number plate worn by a member of the famous 12 ('2 GXO'). Paul Skilleter who is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities and experts on the Jaguar marque has written an article on this car which he tested at Silverstone in May and he absolutely regards this as Lightweight 'Number 14' and in his view it is without doubt a true example of the iconic Jaguar Lightweight E-Type as produced by the Company in 1963. With values of one of the original 12 cars now approaching £3m plus, this vehicle represents wonderful value for money. It has been restored by the same team of craftsmen who resurrected the award-winning Low Drag Coupe and the new owner will be able to enjoy it either on the race track or on the road as a really fast and beautiful sports car.
H&H Sales Limited, Canary Wharf
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|Registration number||4 GXO|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3781|
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|Number of doors||2|