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Lot 145: Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8 Roadster

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The E-type Jaguar brought together the best or aerodynamics, coupled with the latest technology, propelled by a potent race-proven engine. The vehicle was not only fast; it offered excellent performance and handling. From its immediate performance, it did not take a genius to realise that the new 'E-type' would form the basis of a formidable new race car for Jaguar.

Racing breeds success - and as maintaining success demands constant development - so the racing E-types were naturally honed and fettled in a programme to keep them in touch with their opposition  namely Ferrari. Whilst the new E-type had been able to deal with Ferrari's 250GT on equal terms, it was quickly eclipsed by the new rocket-ship from Maranello  the fabled 250 GTO, which arrived in 1962. In response, Jaguar stalwart John Coombs purchased a GTO, which Jaguar's Malcolm Sayer deconstructed and analyzed.

With Sayer's findings in hand, work began in November 1962 to produce the ultimate racing E-Type: the famed Lightweight roadster. A series of 12 lightweight alloy-bodied E-Types was produced, with each incorporating Jaguar's best competition parts and subtle variations from the others. As with the first batch of Jaguar

Factory competition cars, the new cars were destined for the top drivers of the day: Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Brian Redman, Roy Salvadori, Bruce McLaren and Briggs Cunningham  allowing the new lightweight, powerful and extremely agile E-Types to often better their GTO nemesis.

The car on sale today is a simply fabulous racer in Semi-Lightweight form, having been built by West Riding Jaguar a marque-specialist of great repute whose reputation is based on the many outright victories and class-wins in historic racing by cars prepared in their state-of-the art preparation facility. Based on a 1965 roadster tub with outer panels in aluminium, including the complete bonnet, doors, rear wings and boot lid, the car sports the distinctive Works-style hardtop, which is constructed in lightweight fibreglass. The stunning Briggs Cunningham Le Mans livery is period correct and evocative of the inspiring visual heritage of the great racers of the day. The full-race engine is of a proven 3.8-litre steel block with wet-sump lubrication running Weber 45 DCOE carburettors. Cooling system uses an aluminium radiator and header tank, all FIA-specification race fuel cell and tubular exhaust manifolds into a free-flow exhaust system. An all-synchromesh gearbox delivers the prodigious 300 bhp power of this capable racer via an AP competition clutch, through a LSD racing differential to peg-drive hubs with magnesium alloy wheels and Dunlop L section tyres. Almost needless to say is that the car comes with the very best in safety equipment  all to current FIA-specification and date.

This immaculately presented and superbly detailed car is a credit to the fastidious work of West Riding Jaguar .Having been just completed and tested at great expense, this car has to be considered as being 'fresh out of the box' and is ready to race or be enjoyed as a (very) fast road car. With its recently awarded FIA HTP papers, this thoroughbred historic race car is therefore eligible for all significant historic racing events: HRDC 'GTS65', Jaguar Heritage Challenge Series, Masters, Silverstone Classic, Oilton Gold Cup, Spa 6 Hours etc. (Also a perfect car for long distance touring events such as the Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore if fitted with 2 seats).

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number145
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£130000
Condition rating1
Registration number
Chassis numberIE20319
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2