Lot 252 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé Competition
|Estimate||£60,000 - £75,000|
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar and widely campaigned.
This extremely well built long distance, fully race prepared E-Type coupé has been the subject of a complete rebuild. The engine makes use of Carrillo con rods, lightweight race pistons, gas flowed big valve cylinder head, full race cam shafts (the engine is safe to rev to 7000rpm) and a lightweight flywheel and indeed has not being used since being rebuilt.
Other race modifications include Rob Beere adjustable torsion bars, fully aeroquipped fuel, oil and brakes pipes and an aluminium foam filled endurance fuel tank with large Monza filler. A brand new FIA approved Heywood and Scott exhaust system from head to exit complete with a re-packable silencer takes care of the waste gasses and a full synchromesh gearbox, twin 7.25 inch clutch with aluminium full flow radiator are also incorporated.
Fully adjustable front and rear roll-bars make up the suspension with all the bushes replaced with phosphor bronze bushes, adjustable bump and rebound stops are fitted complete with wide track rear suspension. Front spot lights have also been fitted into the nose of the bonnet and the glass has been replaced with Perspex. It is built on a steel monocoque with Rob Beere suspension and Spax dampers and in 2006, this actual car completed in the Le Mans Classic, Nurburgring Marathon and the Spa 6 hours race. With seatbelts dated until 2015, it is primed and ready to race.
Eligible for Masters, HSCC, as well as a plethora of other historic racing, including Nurburgring Oldtimer, Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans Classic 2012, this Jaguar really is extremely versatile. Supplied with a V5 registration document, FIA papers, a history file containing invoices for the work carried out and a freshly rebuilt engine at zero miles built to FIA Period F regulations, the hard work has certainly been done; all that is required is a pilot for the 2012 season..
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