1962 12947 E-Type Series One 'Low Drag Coupé' (FIA compliant)
The spectacular new sports car, the Jaguar E-Type, first made
its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961; such was the response
to the design and engineering that the event still reverberates
today. The E-type soon established itself in the field of
competition making its first appearance at Oulton Park on 16th
April 1961 with two works prepared cars; Graham Hill winning ahead
of Innes Ireland's Aston Martin DB4GT. The second car driven by Roy
Salvadori initially led but suffered brake fade, although he still
managed a credible third. Significantly, the Ferraris were beaten
into fourth and fifth places; however, later, Ferrari were to
respond with the 250 GT's.
In 1963 Jaguar developed a small batch of lightweight cars to challenge Ferrari in the GT class. The FIA regulations stipulated that a minimum of 100 cars had to be manufactured but allowed bodywork modifications. This allowed Jaguar to propose that its lightweight cars were standard E-Types fitted with modified bodyworks. A similar ploy was used by Ferrari for the 250 GTO, arguing that they were modified 250 GT's.
Jaguar built 12 lightweight E-Types with aluminium bodies which were sold as standard road cars with the chassis numbers bearing the suffix 'S' in line with the standard E-Type production sequence. The 12 cars built by the factory were intended for the use of competition orientated Jaguar dealers or specially selected private entrants. Dick Protheroe was one such entrusted recipient; not only due to his reputation amongst Jaguar competition specialists but for his success at International level during the 1962 season. Indeed, Protheroe's results in the car registered as CUT 7 and prepared in his own workshops were truly amazing and make for impressive reading.
Copies of this rare competition variant are among the most sought after of all E-Type replicas and we are proud to offer one of these cars today. XKE 559 has just emerged from a two year rebuild with the aim of creating an FIA compliant car. Mark Davis of Jacob Engineering restored the original steel tub and also manufactured the aluminium coachwork, with a one piece aluminium bonnet, in line with the original factory cars and in the spirit of CUT 7.
Scholar Engineering has built the correct dry sump, balanced and lightened race engine with Carrillo rods and Venolia forged racing pistons and fuelled by period correct 45 DCOE Webber carburettors; this engine produces over 375 bhp. A four speed, all synchromesh gearbox by John Arnold of Revival Motorsport is fitted with the final drive via a Salisbury 3.77:1 Power-Lok limited slip differential. It also features period Dunlop brakes, exhaust with various and a heated front screen which is an allowable upgrade. The interior is fitted out with an FIA Appendix K roll cage as well as period style race bucket seats and full harnesses. The driver is well informed with the usual instruments that include a Stack rev counter, volt meter, oil and water temperature and oil pressure gauges.
Finished in gunmetal grey with black interior and complemented by period alloy knock on wheels, XKE 559 is ready to race as a fully-fledged competition car or eminently tractable as a road/track day car. Such is the quality of the aluminium coachwork that this Low Drag E-Type really has the feel of a car built in period and is one of very few Low Drag recreations to be produced. XKE 559 comes supplied with its FIA Class GTS12 papers, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, UK V5 registration document, MoT test certificate and historic road fund licence and is eligible to race in Historic events. This stunning E-type really does represent a rare opportunity and is priced with a sensible estimate that is far less than it would take to recreate today.
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