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RM Sotheby’s handles sale of fully restored US-spec E-type

Sotheby’s currently has a 1969 Series 2 roadster for private sale in Stuart, Florida, with an asking price of $165,000. In the care of the previous owner, the US-spec car, finished in Cream with Black convertible top, underwent a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration, which was completed in 2018. The fully documented work included rebuilding the engine and the fitment of new brown leather upholstery. The car is presented with JDHT certificate and extensive invoicing. The forthcoming RM Sotheby’s sale at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, sees a 1961 ‘flat-floor’ Series I roadster for sale. The left-hand drive model, completed at Brown’s Lane in September 1961, was originally exported to Italy, returning to the UK in 2013. The car has an estimated sale price of €150,000– €175,000 EUR.

White E-type in Florida

Fort Lauderdale RM Sothebys auction sees E-types in demand

Green E-type in front of tree

The recent RM Sothebys Fort Lauderdale Auction, held at Broward County Convention Center on 25-26 March, saw four E-types sold. A 1962 Series 1 Roadster, delivered to its first owner in Miami in July 1962, and owned by the same family from new, sold for $110,000. The car, finished in Cream, with Red interior, was restored 16 years ago, and featured an unrestored factory hardtop, with original manuals and documentation, and JDHT certificate. Another 1962 Series 1 Roadster, finished in Green with a Tan interior and Black soft-top, with matching-numbers engine and extensive documentation, sold for $137,500. This E-type was built on 7 March 1962, and arrived at Jaguar Cars, New York in April 1962. The multi-award-winning car underwent a full restoration in 2007, with further mechanical reconditioning in 2015. A fully restored 1971 S3 2+2, with JDHT certificate sold for $63,250, while a 1973 example sold for $48,400.

SIlver E-type in Bonhams studio

Le Mans film-set 1970 E-type offered for sale in Monaco

 

Bonhams has announced that it will be offering a 1970 US-spec E-type Series II that was delivered new to the SOLAR Movie Productions set of the Le Mans film. The car will be offered in the Bonhams Monaco Sale during the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix, on 13 May. The now Swiss-registered 1970 4.2-litre roadster will be offered with its original period UK numberplates, carrying an estimate of €250,000-350,000 at no reserve. The left-hand drive unrestored US-specification car has also retained its original silver over black colour scheme. Owner Fredy Zurbrügg was a young chef when he was approached by the movie’s production manager, Hubert Fröhlich, to work on the sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was filmed partly in Switzerland. He then worked on Fröhlich’s next production, Le Mans. Fredy brought his own kitchen from St Gallen, which was soon catering for 800 cast and crew members, including Steve McQueen, for whom he invented a special dish – the ‘Steve Steak’. According to Fredy’s account in the 2017 book Our Le Mans, this friendliness extended to a generous gift, when the actor asked him to ‘choose one’ of the famous petrolhead’s personal fleet: a Jaguar, a Porsche 911 and a Mercedes Pagoda SL. ‘I decided on the silver Jaguar, a convertible E-type Series II with only 600 miles on the speedo.’

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E-types play a starring role in Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Jaguar Classic Platinum Jubilee E-type
Jaguar E-type boot for Platinum Jubilee

Jaguar Classic showcased a bespoke Jaguar E-type at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant on 5 June. The one-off renovation features a comprehensive list of enhancements carried out by the expert technicians at Classic Works, and metallic blue paintwork inspired by the Union Jack. The unique E-type, featuring a 4.7-litre six-cylinder engine, five-speed gearbox and uprated suspension and brakes, made its debut alongside 15 iconic Jaguars to feature in the Jubilee Pageant, including a selection of historically important Jaguar E-types, an all-electric I-PACE eTROPHY race car, and seven convertible Jaguars all carrying famous Dames. The customer, thrilled to participate, was joined by American dancer, model, and fashion designer, Eric Underwood in the passenger seat. The Series E-type was built two days after the customer’s date of birth, and was rebuilt over a 12-month period and finished to a bespoke specification. We hope to feature an in-depth article about the car’s restoration in a future issue. Also on a Queen’s Jubilee theme, Richard and Fatos Carter kindly sent us a photograph of their splendid E-type FHC with appropriate patriotic Jubilee accessories.

Two OBL 1961 E-types in Silverstone Auctions sale

On 28 May, Silverstone Auctions offered two ‘outside-bonnetlock’ E-types for sale – right-hand drive chassis 38, and lefthand drive chassis 198. US-spec Roadster 875198 was exported to Jaguar Cars New York in July 1961, before being supplied to its first owner in Honolulu. Finished in its original Bronze, with Beige interior and Fawn soft-top, the car has recently undergone a full restoration, and will require a period of ‘running-in’. The car carried a sale-price estimate of £190,000–£220,000. UK Roadster 850038 was finished in June 1961 and supplied to Appleyard Leeds as a demonstrator. Finished in Opalescent Dark Blue with Red hide, the car was fully restored in 2004, with a recorded mileage at that time of 32,000. ​After being traded in for a Jaguar Mk2 by its first owner, the car then remained with same family for 50 years. The original unrestored factory hard-top remains with the car, which had a saleprice estimate of £220,000–£260,000.

Bronze E-type at Silverstone Auction
Jaguar E-types racing at Le Mans

Jaguar Classic Challenge race announced for Le Mans

Jaguar has been synonymous with Le Mans since the marque’s string of victories in the 1950s, and examples of the Jaguar models that achieved those successes will return to La Sarthe in 2022 to participate in a special round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge in support of the 2022 Le Mans Classic extravaganza, which takes place from 30 June-3 July. Historic racing series organiser Motor Racing Legends has teamed up with Peter Auto – the promoter of the Le Mans Classic – to stage the 55-minute race, which will take place on the Saturday morning, with qualifying on the Friday morning. The race will be open to all models of Jaguar that could have been eligible for the Le Mans 24 Hours before 1966: XK 120, C-type, XK 140, D-type, XK 150 and E-type (pre-1966). The Le Mans race will form part of the Jaguar Classic Challenge series for pre-1966 Jaguar models, which includes rounds at Donington, Thruxton and Silverstone, with these races also open to Mk 1 and Mk 2 saloons.

Goodwood announces two new races for 79th Members’ Meeting
(image copyright Mike Cole)

Goodwood has announced two new races for the 79th Members’Meeting on 9-10 April. The inaugural A.F.P Fane and Robert Brooks Trophies will join returning favourites such as the Graham Hill Trophy and Peter Collins Trophy. The A.F.P Fane Trophy is named after legendary Frazer Nash racer Alfred Fane Peers Agabeg, better known as A.F.P Fane, and will be a one-off race celebrating one of Britain’s oldest brands, with chain-driven Super Sports, Shelsley Single-Seaters and racing specials. The Robert Brooks Trophy is named in honour of Members’ Meeting stalwart and original Governor of the modern meetings, and it will recreate the club races of the Motor Circuit’s heyday with Lotus Elevens, Cooper T49s, Lola Mk1s and more taking to the grid. E-types will feature in the Graham Hill Trophy, taking place over 45 minutes with a driver change, as they take on Cobras, Porsche 904s and Lotus Elans in what will doubtless be one of the most competitive and exciting races of the weekend. The Peter Collins Trophy evokes the spirit of the Goodwood 9 Hour races of the 1950s and will close the Members’ Meeting weekend in style as the likes of C-types, D-types and DB3Ss do battle.

Classic car racing at Goodwood

Eight E-types at NEC Classic Motor Show auction

Silverstone Auctions had eight E-types for sale at their NEC Classic Motor Show auction on 12-14 November in the E-type’s 60th anniversary year. Five were from the Devon  Collection, including the 1961 ‘EBL’ Roadster, chassis number 850039, which sold for £297,000. Owned by the vendor for almost 45 years, it was sold with what was described in the catalogue as ‘a substantial quantity of paperwork and photographs documenting the extensive rebuild alongside its Heritage Certificate, handbooks, and other items of interest’. A 1961 Series I 3.8 ‘flat floor’ Roadster from the same collection sold for £130,500. It was manufactured in September 1961 and dispatched in October to be supplied new in Rome by Fattori and Montani. Chassis 875594 returned to the UK in 2013, shortly after its restoration. The three other cars from the Devon Collection were a 1966 4.2 ‘quad-headlight’ Coupé (sold for £60,750), a 1962 Series I 3.8 Coupé (sold for £70,000) and a 1964 Series I 3.8 Coupé (sold for £60,750). Making up the eight E-type sales were: a 1970 Series 3 (sold for £57,375), a 1973 Series 3 (sold for £72,000) and another 1961 matching numbers Series I 3.8 ‘flat floor’ Roadster (sold for £144,000).

E-type in front of barn

Early US-spec SI OTS E-type owned by Gerhard Berger

While interviewing Gerhard Berger for my forthcoming charity book Drivers on Drivers, I discovered he is the owner of this early US-spec SI OTS E-type, which was found and restored for him by CMC. Gerhard is one of 30 very eminent racing drivers interviewed for the book – hopefully due out in late November – which will raise money for the charity Hope for Tomorrow, also our charity partners at E-type 60. I first came across Hope for Tomorrow through my dear friend Stirling Moss, who was always very supportive, Chrissy Mills the founder being a great friend of Stirling and Susie’s. With Patrons Ross Brawn, Martin  Brundle, Derek Bell and David Richards, there is no doubting the motorsport connection. Hope for Tomorrow is a dedicated charity, bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes via Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs) which they provide to NHS Trusts across the country. Each unit costs £198 per day to run. Personal one-to-one care is the focus of nursing staff, creating a safe and secure environment which helps to reassure those receiving treatment.

Black OTS E-type in front of showroom

The ‘Snetterton Survivor’ to be restored to former glory

Kent-based specialist E-type UK is beginning the extensive restoration of a Series I 4.2 Roadster that was damaged in a crash at Snetterton, Norfolk in 1965, and has remained unrepaired for over 40 years. Having rolled off the Browns Lane production line in December 1964, the car’s short but intense life was cut short just three months later during the incident at the Norfolk airfield circuit. Owned and driven by Yorkshire millionaire Tom Casson, the E-type crashed at high speed into a tyre wall. The damage remained largely cosmetic, with the side impact damaging numerous body panels, but most mechanical components were unharmed. The E-type remained in its ‘broken’ state throughout Casson’s ownership, with just 2,805 miles on the clock, before the car was sold in 1966. The new owner retained the low mileage example for 40 years, not allowing the car to turn a wheel once throughout this period. Cosmetic repairs were applied, including a much-needed new door, floorpan, rear wing and sill – and a new bonnet was fitted. During E-type UK’s restoration process, each part of the car will be stripped down, catalogued, and inspected for authenticity and integrity, the engine and original four-speed synchromesh gearbox rebuilt, and the car will receive a number of modern upgrades.

E-type being restored at E-type UK

E-type Lightweight Continuation at RM Sotheby’s

Monterey auction

RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale on 12 August will include an E-type Lightweight continuation from Jaguar Classic. Carrying an estimate of $1,500,000-$1,850,000, chassis number S851001 was the first of the Lightweight E-type continuation cars that were built by Jaguar in 2014. Known as ‘Car 0’ and built for promotional purposes, it was followed by six others. It was used as the North American press car and afterwards returned to the factory, where it was rebuilt to ‘new’ condition before being delivered to its first owner. This will be the second time in less than 12 months that S851001 has appeared at auction – RM Sotheby’s offered the car at its Elkhart Collection sale in October 2020, when it sold for $1,710,000.The Lightweight E-type continuation cars were offered with a Crosthwaite & Gardiner-built 3.8-litre engine running on either fuel injection or triple Weber carburettors – S851001 is fitted with the latter. It’s not possible to register them for road use, so owners are limited to exercising them on-track. Also included in the sale catalogue will be a 1955 Jaguar D-type, with an estimate of $5,500,000 - $7,000,000. XKD530’s first owner was Kurt Lincoln, who raced it in Finland on road circuits and ice courses, and whose daughter Nina later married Jochen Rindt. Both cars will be sold from The Paul Andrews Estate Collection.

Jaguar Lightweight E-type continuation