Car News 22 Jan 2016

First ever racing Jaguar E-type heads to auction

The earliest Jaguar E-type competition car will be on display at the London Classic Car Show (18-21 Feb), before being offered for sale at the H&H Duxford auction in April.

The 1961 3.8 Competition Roadster, 9VPD is one of only seven right-hand drives E-types built to the Project ZP 537/24 specification.  Overseen during their build by Bill Heynes, Jaguar’s Engineering Director, they were only supplied to favoured teams.

The racing E-type received a number of upgrades from the Browns Lane Competition department.  The uprated running gear featured an increased compression ratio, gas flowed cylinder head, lightened flywheel, competition clutch springs and close-ratio gearbox.

The car was one of two set aside for John Coombs, and has raced in a number of prestigious historic racing championships, coming fourth at the 2006 Le Mans Classic.

This unique E-type will be the star of the show at Duxford, and is expected to sell for £700,000-£900,000.