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Lot 567: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Hardtop Competition Roadster

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Right from the moment when deliveries commenced in 1961, the E-Type began to find its way on to the world's racetracks. In the Grand Touring class for production sports cars the E-Type proved competitive right from the start when Graham Hill, driving Tommy Sopwith's Team Endeavour car, celebrated the model's racing debut by winning at Oulton Park on 3rd April 1961 ahead of Innes Ireland's Aston Martin DB4GT and Roy Salvadori in John Coombs' E-Type. The elevation of the GT class to Manufacturers' Championship status for 1963 prompted Jaguar to develop a small batch of very special lightweight cars to challenge Ferrari. The steel monocoque tub and outer body panels were re-manufactured in aluminium and the engine dry-sumped and fitted with Lucas mechanical fuel injection, producing in excess of 300bhp. Only twelve of these cars were built by the factory for the use of competition-orientated Jaguar dealers or specially selected private entrants. Since then E-Types have been raced successfully the world over, with development continuing well beyond the level achieved by Jaguar themselves. The E-Type competition car offered here is an early left-hand drive 'flat floor' model. When the E-Type was first introduced there were complaints from taller drivers that the interior was somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. A purchase receipt on file shows that this car was acquired by the current owner in December 2007, while numerous invoices record the details of its restoration and conversion to competition specification circa 2008, most of the work being carried out by Euro-Classics (Franz Dekkers) of Essen. There is also a comprehensive photographic record of the rebuild. Noteworthy features include 4-pot front brake callipers, gas shock absorbers, aluminium flooring and dashboard centre panel, Dunlop-style knock-off wheels, leather bonnet/boot straps and a ventilated aluminium boot lid. Eligible for a wide variety of historic motor sports events, the car that has recently participated in the historic Targa Florio, is described as in excellent race-prepared condition and offered with the aforementioned invoices and FIA Historic Technical Passport (Class: GTS 7; Period: E 1947-1961).

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number567
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€84000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€96600
Year1961
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Chassis number875804
Engine numberR1288-8
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