1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Competition Coupé Registration no. 703YUH Chassis no. 861126 Engine no. R2949-9
This car was originally built in 2001 for the E-Type Racing Experience Series, a nine-round championship to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the E-Type Jaguar. This was an 'arrive and drive' concept: each car in the series would be prepared, transported and looked after at the meetings by the organisers. A season in one of the E-Types would set you back £75,000. The July 2001 edition of 'Cars & Car Conversions' magazine featured an article on The E-Type Racing Experience, a copy of which is in the accompanying history file. A race to launch the new series was held at Donington in 2001, and this particular car was driven by Barrie Williams.
In 2007 the E-Type was prepared to Historical Technical Passport specification (Period F 1962 to 1965 in FIA Class GTS12) and HTP papers were issued on 2nd May 2007. At the same time the engine was returned to marque specialist Rob Beere for a full rebuild, which included fitting a brand new cylinder head. Dynamometer printouts show the engine produced a healthy 321bhp. (Rob Beere's engine specification sheet is included in the file). A competitive car that has seen very little use in the past four years, it nevertheless has been professionally prepared, serviced, maintained and run by Spirit Automotive throughout this time.
The car has also been driven by professional drivers including Mike Wilds, Karl Jones and Oliver Bryant, and it was also driven by Ed McDonough, European Editor of 'Vintage Race Car' magazine, each providing valuable feedback. Set-up advice was also sort from Peter D Wilson, former Jaguar Competitions Department engineer between 1961 and 1966 at Browns Lane, during what was ostensibly the 'Lightweight' E-Type era. Peter is the author of the book 'Cat Out of The Bag', which covers this period in detail. Following this advice, in 2009 the car was sent to renowned Jaguar specialists RS Panels, who fitted steering, suspension and brake parts to correct 'Lightweight' E-Type specification.
Other specification highlights include an alloy bonnet; full roll cage; FIA 140-litre fuel tank with pump dry system; alloy radiator; plumbed-in fire extinguishing system; lightweight rear and side windows; new bell housing with fast-crank starter motor; Gary Pearson-prepared Jaguar close-ratio synchromesh gearbox; and a GKN-rebuilt differential, plumbed for an oil cooler. The car has not been raced since these parts were fitted in 2011.
The comprehensive accompanying file contains information on works carried out and invoices totalling some £150,000. During discussions with Gary Pearson in January this year, he estimated the current cost of building a car to this specification would be circa £180,000. '703 YUH' is eligible for many prestigious international events including the E-Type 50th Anniversary Series, Spa 6 Hours, Masters and GT & Sports Car Cup. (While in the current ownership the car carried the registration number '3 OKV', which is being retained by the vendor).
Described as in generally good condition, this well prepared and potentially competitive competition E-Type is offered with the aforementioned documentation, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2014 and Swansea V5 registration document.
Please note that the engine number is A-9204-8 not as stated in the catalogue.