According to its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this left-hand drive E-Type roadster was manufactured on 1st April 1964 and despatched to Jaguar Cars New York on 5th May 1964. Chassis, engine and body numbers match. Re-imported into the UK and registered on 2nd March 1999 as 'BNE 438B', the E-Type was restored by the new owner and then purchased from him by the current vendor in November 2002. The car came with receipts for parts and labour totalling £11,023.
Before moving to the UK in 2005, the current (Swedish) owner used the E-Type in Germany, spending 33,358 on completely rebuilding the engine, suspension and tachometer, and installing cabling for a Halda Tripmaster for historic rallying. Renowned Jaguar specialist Extra-Mobile in Straubenhardt prepared the Jaguar for racing and obtained a Historical Technical Passport from the German DMSB. This was renewed in 2013 and a bar code decal added to the car (now a necessity to match it to the certificate).
Back in the UK, the E-Type was completely rebuilt in 2006 by Southern Classics in Twickenham using a new steel 'flat floor' body shell from Martin Robey. The engine was rebuilt to racing specification by recognised specialist Rob Beere; the gearbox overhauled (in 2012); the heating and ventilation system rebuilt; and a new differential installed. Taken from original moulds, the new glassfibre bonnet is complemented by an original factory hardtop, while other noteworthy features include new AVO adjustable shock absorbers; new extra-stiff torsion bars; original Dunlop brake callipers; Lexan headlight covers; original-looking modern stereo; racing transponder; fire extinguishing system; and new MWS chromed wire wheels. The total cost of the aforementioned works and parts was £127,882.
'BNE 438B' has participated twice in the Monte Carlo Rally Historique (in 2004 and 2006) and also in the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 400km Marathon race at the Nürburgring's Nordschleife circuit (in 2004). In the latter event it was awarded an 'Honour Trophy' because the vendor was the sole driver in a field of two-man teams. Being a half-marathon runner he had assumed the idea of a marathon was to have only one driver!
In the UK the car has competed in the HSCC Guards Trophy (in 2009 and 2010) and in the E-Type Challenge in 2011, 2012 and 2013 where it finished 4th, 2nd and 2nd or 1st (it is a close call) in Class B. In the summer of 2013 it won the class trophy at the Spa Summer Classic One-Hour race, and as there was no Swedish flag for the prize-giving ceremony, the vendor was quickly promoted to honorary Brit!
This car is known as very reliable because it is driven to every race and driven home again afterwards, the only exception being the Monza Coppa Historica in 2012 when it was transported there while the owner flew out on Ryanair. The Monza event was part of the Pre '63 GT race series, which the vendor contested with the E-Type in 2011 and 2012. He has also completed the Snetterton Autosport 3-Hour race three times with it (in 2010, 2011 and 2013).
'BNE 438B' can race under E-Type Homologation 34 Period E as well as E-Type Homologation 100 Period F as it conforms technically to the first but has the modern safety equipment required by the second.
Offered with numerous restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and V5C registration document, 'BNE 438B' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a well-sorted E-Type of proven competitiveness, eligible for wide variety of historic motor sports events.