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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.

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Three Series I E-types are being offered at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro online sale on 27 March. This year, of course, marks the 60th anniversary of the E-type and chassis number 860060 is one of those listed. It is a UK-market, right-hand-drive, fixed-head coupé in the colour combination of Opalescent Gunmetal with a red leather interior. Built in 1961 but first registered on 1 January 1962, 860060 is a flat-floor example and one of just 1,559 right-hand drive 3.8 FHCs constructed in total.

A ground-up restoration began in 2000, and the E-type was owned by its previous custodian for 43 years. Silverstone Auctions has given it an estimate of £95,000-

115,000 and supplied with the car is a history file including old MoTs, invoices and photographs of the restoration, copies of old logbooks, and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The second car being offered is a restoration project. The 1964 4.2 had covered just 2,805 miles from new when it suffered a side impact at the Snetterton race circuit, and it is still showing that same mileage today. Its estimate is £70,000-90,000.

The final E-type, a 1965 4.2 Roadster, was once the property of TV and film actor Nigel Havers. A UK-spec, right-hand-drive car, it is believed to be in its original colours, with original engine and gearbox. It carries an estimate of £60,000-£70,000. 

Having completed the fourth RBCD in autumn 2019, we are reflecting on what has been a triumphant series of epic drives around the coast of Britain.

Philip Porter, author, publisher and co-founder of our Clubs devised the Round Britain Coastal Drive shortly after recovering from prostate cancer, and the event became an excellent way to raise awareness of the disease, and funds, for Prostate Cancer UK.

Fundraising has now surpassed £250,000, a total of which we are very proud. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have supported us either by taking part in the event, raising funds or sharing details of the JustGiving fundraising page.

Philip's inspiration for the RBCD would never have come to fruition without such wonderful support from our members across the globe and without the dedication of our team here at HQ – few in number, but mighty in deed! The logistics, both in terms of organisation and in terms of staff crisscrossing the country to host various stages, were always challenging, with 2019's event being particularly so, which contributed to our decision, made with heavy hearts, to bring the RBCD to a close.

Furthermore, despite the massive support for the event, the number of cars on the Drive dropped considerably over the last couple of years, and we realised that after four years, the event had run its course. All of the Club team have been very loyal to Prostate Cancer UK and have formed excellent working relationships with its representatives and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them.  

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Prostate Cancer UK charity

March 2021

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Norman Dewis OBE

Norman Dewis, OBE


1920 - 2019


Former Patron of the E-type Club, Norman sadly passed away on 8th June 2019

Norman Dewis OBE

E202 September 2021

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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

E-type Lightweight Continuation

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.