Lot 282 - 1976 Jaguar E-Type S1 Roadster by Challenger
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,060|
Triple C cars started life in the early 1970s as an idea between two friends over a pint or two, in the quiet South Cornwall fishing village of Mevagissey. Derek Robinson, a maths school teacher, and John Wilkinson, an engineer at English China Clay and owner of a 1961 3.8 litre SI E-Type, dreamt of setting up 'The Mevagissey Racing Stables', dedicated to fast cars. In 1984 Derek persuaded John to loan him the E type (with the promise of having it restored) to take moulds for a new kit. Jaguar Cars gave their approval for the project but the original kit was designed to take Ford or Rover running gear which necessitated flaring of the rear wheel arches. By 1986 the kit was receiving excellent reviews but the desire to create a genuine E-Type replica with good handling based entirely on Jaguar running gear and power plant persuaded Derek and John to invest fully in the development of the Challenger.
Tales of Challenger kits thrived during the late eighties although shortly after this, Derek Robinson and John Wilkinson left the company and although Challenger Developments, for a short while, continued to deliver kits already on order, this effectively marked the end of the Triple C Challenger. Finally, the Jaguar Drivers' Club accepted the Challenger as a genuine replica of the E -Type and extended a welcome to owners of the Challenger from its Historic Replica Register. High praise indeed and evidence enough of the quality of the product.
Built in the early 1990's, this striking recreation of the 1963 Briggs Cunningham Le Mans car drives as good as it looks. Tell-tale details can be found in abundance from the Le Mans fuel filler cap at the rear to the lighting for the numbers on the door and the correct venting in the roof and rear bonnet. Even the oil light on the dash is the correct size and specification as the original. The hard top is removable as you would expect and it should be noted that this example is not cosseted and rarely used. The point of PAG 630A was to build and use a good looking tribute to a famous car without spending many millions of pounds. This Jaguar, for it is in heart, has been to Le Mans every year since 1998, it is serviced regularly by the vendor and has an MoT test certificate valid until May this year. The engine is a 4.2 litre unit mated to an XJ6 gearbox. The interior dashboard is the correct SI E-Type unit and it is reported to have a blueprinted engine and lightened flywheel although no paperwork exists to support this. For sheer curb appeal, it doesn't get more accessible than this!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.