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Lot 248: 1963 Jaguar E-Type S1 Fixedhead Coupe Competition

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar's E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over £2,000 almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 'S', mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.Originally manufactured in left hand drive on the 10th June 1963, this Series 1 Jaguar E-Type fixedhead coupe was shipped to California on the 9th July 1963 via New York where it was registered as ZZN 949. The car last ran on the Californian highways in 1977 and was then dry stored for 19 years until it was brought back to the UK by Paul Webb Motors in October 1996 and acquired by its present owner in November 1999. The car underwent a complete bare metal rebuild and re-spray in classic British Racing Green completed in June 2000. The car was then converted to right hand drive and re-registered as AJN 985A. Major modifications include the addition of a full race prepared VSE engineering 4.2 XK-E with PH4 cams. This was fitted in 2004 and has completed just 6 races. A BMW M3 5 speed Getrag box was also added in 2004/2005 and has only completed three races. The car has a lightened and balanced flywheel, lightweight starter, Lumenition electronic ignition. Up-rated AP 4 pot brakes to the front, brake servo, Mintex racing pads, up-rated cooling inc double Kenlow fans, triple 45 DCOA Weber carbs fully rebuilt by Gower and Lee.It has a fully rebuilt rear axle and 3:54 rear diff and front suspension including GAZ shock absorbers and super-flex bushes all round.The car is fitted with all racing regulation safety equipment including full roll cage, harnesses, cut-offs and fire systems. The car weighs in at just 1100kg aided by a fibreglass bonnet, rear door, polycarbonate side windows and lightweight aluminium tank. All interior trim and exterior chrome-work has been removed. The car runs on Mini-Lites 15" wheels and uses Yokohama 225x60 R15 A-008-R (Dry) and Yokohama A-0032-R (Damp/Wet) tyres on the track. A set of each is included.AJN 985A, (Car Number 8) raced in the JEC Jaguar E-type challenge race series in 2001, (finishing third overall) including the 40th Anniversary all E-Type endurance race on Sunday 10th June 2001 at the Donington National race circuit. Having out qualified Sir Stirling Moss in practice, the car eventually finished 11th out of 28 in a very distinguished field. In 2002, it car won the JEC National E-Type Race Challenge run as part of the Proteus Sportscars 'Powered by Jaguar' series having taken class wins at Rockingham Speedway, Pembery and Lydden Hill. In 2003, it finished third in class and only entered four races in 2004, coming second in class and third overall in the GT Sports car two driver invitational race at Snetterton. As a pre '64 car, eligibility is no problem for the majority of period racing events that crowd the calendar. As an extremely formidable per '64 car, its position in the front runners is another issue that will not concern this great period racer. Strap it on if you dare..

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Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
Lot Number248
Outcome NOT SOLD
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