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Over 5,000 E-types still recorded on the UK’s DVLA database

According to the vehicle licensing statistics data published by the UK Department of Transport, from over 67,000 E-types originally built for worldwide sale, in the third quarter of 2023 there were 4,696 examples still licensed for road use in the UK, with another 1,275 declared SORN. This compares with a figure of around 3,400 E-types licensed for road use in the third quarter of 2013 – an increase of 1,296 cars, or 38 per cent over 10 years.
Although these figures are not to be taken as entirely accurate, due to flaws in the recording system, and of course there will be other E-types in the UK that are neither registered for road use nor declared SORN, it does show that the number of E-types being used has increased over the past decade, although
the figure has remained relatively stable since 2020.

Interestingly, the figures...


NEW E231 February 2024

E-types offered by RM Sotheby’s at Phoenix, Arizona January auction

Two E-types will be offered for sale at the Arizona Car Week sale on 25 January 2024. A 1970 E-type Series 2 4.2-litre Roadster, finished in factory-correct Regency Red with black leather interior and documented by JDHT has been the recipient of a six-figure nut-and- bolt restoration. Completed on 11 June 1970, for distribution by British Leyland of New York, the multi-award-wining car is offered without reserve, with an estimate of $125,000–$150,000.


The second car is a 1968 Series 1.5 4.2-litre Roadster sold new in Canada, completed on 19 June 1968 and accompanied by a JDHT certificate. The car – one of the final Series 1.5 E-types built – was originally finished in Opalescent Maroon with Beige leather trim, and is now presented in red with black trim, retaining its matching numbers 4.2-litre engine block, fitted with a replacement cylinder head with a trio of two-inch SU carburettors. This car is offered without reserve, with an
estimate of $80,000–$100,000.


E229 December 2023

Club-racer specification E-type sold by Bonhams

A 1963 Series 1 FHC, originally supplied as a LHD car to the US and subsequently converted to RHD club-racing specification was recently sold by Bonhams for £70,460. The car returned to the UK from the US in 2006. ‘PAG 622A’ has been rolling road-tested to 331bhp and 364lb ft, and has been successfully campaigned in historic racing events such as the Roger Bennington Heritage GT Series, the HRCA events in the Republic of Ireland, and the Classic Sports Car Club’s (CSCC) Swinging Sixties. The body is an original steel shell with a fibreglass front end and flared rear wheel arches.

The car was built as a ‘club racer’ by M and C Wilkinson Ltd, rather than strictly adhering to FIA specification, aiming for the sort of extensive modifications an original E-type racing
car would have incorporated in-period.The car was sold with numerous spares, plus a JDHT Production Record Trace Certificate, but is not registered for road use.


E228 November 2023

Jenson Button’s Goodwood- debut 1962 E-type for sale

Following on from the race-prepared LHD Series 1 Roadster mentioned last month, CKL is now offering for sale an original 1962 right-hand-drive E-type FHC driven by Jenson Button in his debut historic race at the Goodwood Revival in 2021.

The car was rebuilt by Valley Motorsport for the 2019 race season, and after winning its first two races, the car’s third outing was at the 2021 Goodwood Revival, where it was driven in the Stirling Moss Trophy race by
Jenson Button and co-driver Alex Buncombe. A delay in qualifying resulted
in a P19 grid position and therefore denied them the debut result that they deserved, although they managed to fight their way up to P7 in the race – the third E-type to take the flag. The car has run in three races with its present custodian, and has undergone continued maintenance by CKL.

It is road-registered, holds a valid pre-’63 FIA HTP until 2030, and is race ready. Price on application.


E227 October 2023

CKL offers successful race- prepared Series 1 Roadster for sale

Chassis 875949, a genuine ‘flat-floor’ LHD Roadster and a regular competitor at the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting is being offered for sale by CKL. This early E-type features outside bonnet locks, and retains the original 1961 factory registration, 179 WK. With a current FIA Technical Passport valid through to December 2025, 179 WK is eligible for all of the most prestigious historic GT racing events.

Chassis 875949, a genuine ‘flat-floor’ LHD Roadster and a regular competitor at the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting is being offered for sale by CKL. This early E-type features outside bonnet locks, and retains the original 1961 factory registration, 179 WK. With a current FIA Technical Passport valid through to December 2025, 179 WK is eligible for all of the most prestigious historic GT racing events.

After registration by Jaguar in the UK, the car was exported to the US, and was converted to racing specification in the late ’60s/early ’70s before being actively campaigned in competitions up until the early ’90s. In 2005 the car returned to the UK, notably competing in Tour d’Espania ’05 and then later in ’08 raced at Le Mans with Rowan Atkinson as one of the two drivers.

The car was later owned by Simon Tate, and then Chris Milner, who commissioned a full rebuild and race preparation by M & C Wilkinson in 2015. The car was a front runner in Pre-’63 GT, including second on the grid and fifth overall (first E-type) in the Kinrara Trophy at the 2019 Goodwood Revival, and a class D win in the Jaguar Classic Challenge race at the 2019 Spa Six Hours. In 2020, the car was purchased by noted racer David Gooding, who continued racing the car at prestigious events around the world including Goodwood, where the car won the Stirling Moss Trophy at the 78th Members’ Meeting in 2021. The car is being offered by CKL at £325,000.


E226 September 2023

Automobiles Historiques offers E-type ‘Low Drag’ Coupé for sale

Malcolm Sayer masterminded arguably the most beautiful E-type derivative – the ultrasleek Low Drag Coupé – in a wind tunnel, where its figures were even more impressive than the Lightweights. Acquired from the factory and raced by dealer Dick Protheroe in 1963–64, it finished second overall to a Ferrari 250 TRI/61 sports-prototype on its debut at Reims in June 1963. The participation of Protheroe’s car (EC1001, aka CUT 7) in international races is why the configuration is recognised by the FIA as a period specification.

The car offered by Automobiles Historiques was built to the Low Drag Coupé’s blueprint with no expense spared by Swedish engineer Hans-Erik Johansson in 2004, from a superb US import 1963 FHC, and uses its original engine. Acquired from 
Johansson by its current owner in 2016, #889326 has been raced once at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, then fastidiously re-prepared and detailed by marque specialist Riedling & Mouser Ltd. Eligible for prestigious Pre-’66 GT racing events, including Goodwood and GT & Sports Car Cup, this car is road registered, and thus eligible for events such as the Coupe des Alpes or Modena Cento Ore rallies.


E225 August 2023

Jaguar Classic announce E-type ZP Collection

In mid-June 2023, Jaguar Classic announced the launch of a very exclusive collectors’ edition of the E-type, in the form of seven pairs of cars celebrating the maiden motorsport victories for the car in the spring of 1961. One month after the E-type first turned heads at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, two lightly modified examples – under the project name ZP – made their racing debut at Oulton Park Circuit. The winning Indigo Blue ‘ECD 400’ was driven by Graham Hill, and the Pearl Grey ‘BUY 1’ example was driven by Roy Salvadori, placing third. Salvadori then went on to win at Crystal Palace in ‘BUY 1’ on 21 May.
Today, the seven exclusive ZP Collection pairs consist of one Oulton Blue drophead coupé, informed by by artist Johnny ‘King Nerd’ Dowell.

The Oulton Blue drophead pays homage to Graham Hill’s race winning car with an engraved silhouette of
the Oulton Park circuit and his quote: ‘In a race my car becomes part of me, and I become part of it.’ Inside the Crystal Grey fixed-head, an engraved silhouette of the Crystal Palace track sits alongside Roy Salvadori’s nickname ‘King of the Airfields’.
Both cars feature one half of a laurel wreath signifying their victories. Jaguar Classic can be contacted for enquiries, if the cars have not already been acquired by the time this magazine is circulated.


E224 July 2023

Last regular E-type to leave Browns Lane sold by Silverstone Auctions

This matching numbers 1974 Jaguar E-type Series 3 V12 Roadster with the desirable manual gearbox is the highly significant chassis #2822 – the last regular-production E-type to leave the Browns Lane production line, with superb provenance and expertly restored – was sold by Silverstone Auctions on May 20 for £180,000.
Built to a right-hand-drive specification, it was ordered in British Racing Green with a Tan leather interior and manual gearbox. Its original owner was based in Edinburgh, keeping it until 1981, before two further London owners between 1981 and 1987. By 1994 it was acquired by a collector in Hong Kong, who would go on to own it until 2019; the car spent most of those 25 years at the collector’s holiday home in Hawaii, where it was well-preserved and used sparingly. Having been shipped to the collector’s European home in Austria in 2015, a full restoration was commissioned by marque experts (all thoroughly documented with images/invoices), which took three years to complete, culminating in refinishing in its original British Racing Green, along with new Tan upholstery. Notably, it features the correct period chrome wire wheels and an upgraded wooden steering wheel. Original instruments and other original features have been retained. Incredibly, it was not driven following the restoration, having been carefully preserved to ensure it remained in excellent condition. The last owner bought the car from an international auction house in 2019, importing it from Austria and registering it in the UK. He enjoyed only a few hundred miles in the car, which indicated just 25,884 miles prior to sale.


1962 competition E-type CUT 8 for sale through Fiskens

A significant historic competition E-type, CUT 8 will forever be associated with Dick Protheroe, who campaigned a series of CUT-plated modified Jaguars to great effect in period. Originally a dark green FHC race-prepared for BRDC life member Ed Nelson in 1965–66, chassis 860953 was registered 105 ENX and raced in ’66 at events as far afield as the Nürburgring and Mugello. The car was then sold to Rosemary Protheroe and designated CUT 8 as a tribute to her late husband, Dick Protheroe, who tragically paid the ultimate price aboard a Ferrari 330P at Oulton Park in 1966.

A racer herself, Rosemary met Dick at a race meeting and upon his passing became Managing Director of his Leicestershire garage. She resolved to go racing again, building CUT 8 with her late husband’s team. Resprayed in the Protheroe livery, 860953 gained a dry-sump 4.2 with wide-angle head and Webers and was re-registered CUT 8. Rhoddy Harvey Bailey and Ed Nelson campaigned the car for Rosemary Protheroe for two seasons before sale in 1968. It then raced in the early ’70s with Peter Walker in the Motoring News GT championship and the Cussons races.

More recently, CUT 8 has regularly appeared in historic racing since a first restoration in the early 1990s by John Lewis. Acquired by Peter Sugden in 1997 through Fiskens, the car was rebuilt to FIA spec and given a new Sigma powerplant. At the 2013 Goodwood Revival, CUT 8 made its latest debut in the RAC TT Celebration, restored to its striking period livery,and has appeared in the TT multiple times since.


E222 May 2023

Series 2 Roadster project car sells for £23,750


This 1969 US-specification Roadster ‘project’ car was sold by The Market by Bonhams in February. Originally supplied to the US, and finished in silver with a black interior, the car was brought to the UK in 2019.


The car was stripped down with a view to carrying out a full restoration, and a start was made, but the owner was unable to continue due to other commitments. The car is described as ‘99% complete’ in terms of components, and the body has been phosphate-stripped, with the shell braced to prevent distortion. New sills are required, and a replacement floorpan. The interior fixtures and fittings are thought to be complete and include the original air-conditioning unit. Retrimming of the seats will be required.

The engine is reported to be running and drivable, with twin Stromberg carburettors, and the engine frames are in very good condition, although a small repair is required to one of the frames.

The car was supplied with its handbook, plus a Production Record Trace Certificate from the Jaguar Heritage Trust. It also has its title from the State of Indiana. Hopefully, the car’s new owner will be able to return it to its former glory and we will see the car back on the road in the not-too distant future.

E221 March 2023

US-specification 1967 4.2-litre Roadster sells for $114,800


At the Sotheby’s Phoenix, Arizona, auction on 26 January, a very late Series 1 (‘Series 1.25’) E-type Roadster with claimed original mileage of under 10,000 miles was sold. Equipped with uncovered headlights while maintaining the early E-type features of triple SU carburettors, toggle dash controls and above-the-bumper parking lights and tail-lights, the car was accompanied by an original window sticker, dealer invoice, owner’s manual and service documents dating from new. The car was also offered with a JDHT Certificate, tool roll, jack with bag and Thor knock-off hammer. The car’s first owner was Dean Edmunds, a physicist whose name appears on the Wall of Honor at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Mr. Edmunds would own the car for 54 years, completing just over 7,200 miles. In 2004, despite its low mileage, he commissioned a full restoration, including bare-metal repaint in factory-correct Opalescent Maroon, a full mechanical and electrical overhaul, and fitting of new carpets and convertible softtop, while retaining  the original black leather seats. With an estimate of $150,000–180,000, and no reserve, the hammer eventually fell at $114,800.

E220 March 2023

A new E-type model for budding kit builders

Model brand Airfix has recently introduced a new E-type kit as a ‘starter set’. The 1/43-scale model is produced from new tooling, and is sold with cement, brush and four acrylic paints. The finished model is 104mm long, 39mm wide, and comprises 23 parts.


The car represented is left-hand drive – a Series I FHC, with paints supplied to finish the car in British Racing Green, with a tan interior and the registration plate ‘E-TYPE’. Although the model is clearly aimed at beginners, and does not compare to the long-produced Airfix 1/32-scale E-type (not currently available from Airfix), which has been sold in many different packages over the years, it still provides a good basis for more-experienced modellers to customise the model to their own requirements and colour scheme.


Interestingly, in recent years rival kit manufacturer Revell re-released its 1/24-scale E-type kits, in both Roadster and FHC form, and the company is planning to re-release its 1/8-scale kit of a Series 1 FHC (556mm long!) in limited-edition form in late 2023.

E219 February 2023

S3 V12 Roadster ‘UYP 694M’ sold by Hampsons Auctions at their 29 November 2022 Classics Auction at Holywell

Jaguar-E-type S3 V12 Roadster UYP 694M.jpg

This particular Series 3 V12 Roadster appears to have led a relatively quiet life, aside of its brief spell as a TV star when Del boy and Rodney borrowed it from their friend Boycie for a trip to the West End in sitcom Only Fools and Horses. First registered in November 1973, it is a home-market model finished in Old English White, trimmed in blue leather and riding on period-correct chrome wire wheels. Pre-auction, the odometer registered a very credible 80,075 miles from new, and the vendor considered its V12 engine, automatic transmission, bodywork, paintwork and upholstery to all be in ‘good’ order.

As you might imagine, this star car was accompanied by a host of TV-related memorabilia, including a number of videos, signed photographs and even a scale model of the Jaguar autographed by Del Boy (Sir David Jason) and Boycie (the late John Challis), while the underside of the car’s bootlid valso carries Boycie’s moniker. The car was inevitably crashed during the TV show – Series 1, Episode 2, although, of course, the accident was staged, and the car was not actually harmed.

The car fetched £102,375 inclusive of buyer’s premium. Lovely jubbly!

E218 January 2023

Silverstone Auctions offers left-hand drive 1968 Series 2 4.2 Roadster for sale at Race Retro Classic and Competition Car Sale


The car will be offered at the Race Retro Show at Stoneleigh Park on 25 February, with a guide price of £75,000–£85,000. The car has matching numbers, has had one private owner from new, with 45,000 recorded miles.
According to the accompanying Heritage Certificate, the car was originally finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with a Black interior – the colour scheme in which it is presented today.
Manufactured on 22 August 1968, it was dispatched to Herrington Motors of Montgomery, New York State, and purchased by its first, and only, private owner, a Miss Sarah J Hammer. The car was used lightly for 17 years, covering only 45,000 miles in that time, until in 1985 a long-term illness prevented Miss Hammer from driving the E-type and it was put into storage. There it was to remain for the next 29 years...

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