Lot 252 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type SI Fixedhead Coupé to Fast Road Spec
|Estimate||£52,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,000|
The Jaguar E-Type is, arguably, the most beautiful motorcar of all time. It has evolved and changed with the market it served and has successfully made the transition into motorsport with great success. It is also extremely flexible in the myriad of ways it can be modified from standard whilst still maintaining is gorgeous profile but enhancing the driver experience.
Briggs Cunningham was a force of nature in the USA in the 1950's, building and successfully racing his own cars, providing support for other teams and even winning the Americas Cup in his spare time. His trade mark 'white with blue stripes' colour scheme was the first time stripes appeared on a racing car, a tradition the Carroll Shelby then used to equally great effect.
This lefthand drive E-Type is a tribute then to the legendary Briggs Cunningham; presented, as it is, with his special livery and combined with some upgraded performance to match. Appropriately enough, it was acquired in the US by Clive Skilton, an ex-Santa Pod champion when he went to America to run a Chrysler dealership. It was in a less than perfect condition at that point and his plan to restore it took place over the next few years with a comprehensive history detailed in two leather bound history files.
Skilton though, not satisfied with a standard Series I example, went to great time and expense to de-seam the entire car, removing bumpers and giving it that purposeful competition look. The front brake discs are drilled for additional cooling with air-ducts to the rear in-board ones. The rear shock absorbers are adjustable and there is an adjustable front anti-roll bar fitted.
In addition, a professional, plumbed-in, fire extinguisher system can be found alongside a full roll cage, fuel cell and, a rare addition, an Aquasump which ensures correct oil pressure at all times. There is also an uprated Mallory distributer and the battery has been moved amidships to the rear bulkhead with an external cut-out as per MSA regulations. More recently however, it is thought that in about 2011, specialist Anthony Brazzo of Diato.com, imported the car and passed it onto XK racer, Michael Ridley.
There is ample scope to take this racing in the UK where it would be extremely well received, if the exhaust note is anything to go by, or simply used as a fast road car with huge kerb presence. Either way, with good quality Series I's regularly hitting six figures, this is an exciting prospect that has been well prepared, stands out from the rest and is very well priced indeed.
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