The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666

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The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964", 1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe
Registration no. Originally 'YVH 210' Chassis no. S850666

£ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000
US$ 1,300,000 - 1,500,000
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964"
1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe
Registration no. Originally 'YVH 210'
Chassis no. S850666
This beautifully patinated, mouth-watering example of this much-coveted and classical British endurance racing Grand Touring model was the ninth in the sequence of 1963-season ‘Lightweight’ E-Type Jaguar competition Coupes, from only 12 built. This model series was the closest the world-famous Jaguar factory ever came to building a ‘works’ team of racing E-Types, although in this case each car was sold to an ‘acceptable’ private customer of proven Jaguar pedigree, and then run by them with varying degrees of factory assistance..

This particular example was completed new in July that year for Peter Sutcliffe, of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. He had already built a very considerable reputation for himself as a highly competent owner/driver of Jaguar racing machinery, with his handling at club-race level of the ex-works/Ecurie Ecosse team 1955 ‘Longnose’ D-Type Jaguar ‘XKD 504’.

He made his racing debut in this latest ‘Lightweight’ E-Type at Mallory Park on Whit-Monday, 1963 finishing 5th in the Grovewood Trophy race at the tight Leicestershire circuit. The company that Peter Sutcliffe and this lovely car kept is evident from the list of those he chased home – Graham Hill in John Coombs’s winning ‘Lightweight’ E-Type ‘4 WPD’, Jack Sears’ Ferrari 250GTO, Roy Salvadori’s ‘Lightweight’ E-Type and Mike Salmon in another Ferrari 250GTO. This was Grand Touring car racing of the highest possible order, with ‘YVH 210’ offered here today at its core.

Peter Sutcliffe then drove the new car to victory in the Archie Scott Brown Memorial Trophy race at Snetterton and finished 5th in the GT Category at the major British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone, competing in the supporting sports and Grand Touring car event. Another 4th place followed at Snetterton. An accident during practice at Brands Hatch in August then punctuated the season for ‘YVH ’.

The damage to the car was speedily repaired by the Jaguar factory and Peter Sutcliffe returned to action with it at Goodwood, finishing 2nd to none other than Jackie Stewart. He was 4th in class and 6th overall in the Snetterton 3-Hours behind two Ferrari 250GTOs and Dick Protheroe’s Low-Drag Coupe ‘Lightweight’ E-Type, ‘CUT 7’, whom he defeated subsequently at Mallory Park to record another race win.

Footnotes

  • Peter Sutcliffe then became what the immensely respected Jaguar historian Andrew Whyte described in his authoritative book ‘Jaguar – Sports-Racing & Works Competition Cars From 1954’ (published by Haynes, 1987) – as “…the most successful Lightweight E-Type owner of 1964, winning at Zolder and at Montlhéry. He had a good South African tour too…”.

    Indeed he did. After a low-key season-opener at Goodwood on Easter Monday he began his serious International race season of 1964 with ‘YVH’ on the high-speed swerves and curves of the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. There , in the important International 500Kms classic he finished 2nd in class behind only Bob Bondurant’s works Shelby Cobra.

    Victory followed in the Prix de Paris at Montlhéry, Paris, in France before misfortune struck during the ADAC 1,000Kms World Championship round at the Nurburgring – where the car was struck by Tommy Hitchcock’s spinning Cobra and crashed. It was repaired by the Jaguar works in time for the subsequent Reims 12-Hours endurance classic, in which Peter Sutcliffe co-drove with Bill Bradley, well-known in Formula Junior and Formula 2 with the Midland Racing Partnership team. They finished 2nd in their class with ‘Lightweight’ E-Types finishing 1-2 within that category, this Sutcliffe/Bradley car being bested only by the Protheroe/Coundley Jaguar ‘CUT 7’.

    A fine performance followed in the Limburg Grand Prix race at Zolder, Belgium, where Peter Sutcliffe finished 2nd overall behind an un-homologated Ferrari 275LM, winning his class and defeating a flock of Ferrari 250GTOs including the latest GTO/64 variant.

    Back home at August Bank Holiday Brands Hatch ignition trouble spoiled the day, then here at Goodwood for the important RAC Tourist Trophy this ‘Lightweight’ was running 3rd behind the Shelby Cobra Daytonas in 7th place overall when the differential failed, and Peter Sutcliffe was classified a disappointing 15th. The car was on better form in the subsequent ‘Autosport’ Three-Hours at Snetterton, ‘YVH’ finishing strongly in 5th place overall.

    The long voyage was then made south to South Africa for what had become the northern hemisphere competitors’ winter-time ‘Springbok Series’ – in this case comprising eight immensely enjoyable yet highly competitive and gruelling races. This car would win its category in four of them. The series began with its major event, the Kyalami 9-Hours endurance race outside Johannesburg. Peter Sutcliffe shared ‘YVH’ there with fellow British veteran Dickie Stoop, and they finished very strongly – 3rd overall and winners of their class. Moving on to Bulawayo in Rhodesia, Peter Sutcliffe then added a 2nd and a 3rd place to ‘YVH’s growing record of success, and back at Kyalami, South Africa, for the Rand Grand Prix meeting he finished again in 2nd place.

    Next stop on this ‘Springbok’ tour took in the International South African Grand Prix meeting on the Indian Ocean coast at East London, yielding another 3rd place in the sports and GT event supporting the main Formula 1 feature. Peter Sutcliffe also won the David Brown Tractor Trophy at the same meeting. Finally, at Killarney circuit near Cape Town, Peter Sutcliffe and ‘YVH’ secured two 2nd places.

    For 1965, back home in the UK, the car was finally sold by Peter Sutcliffe to northern businessman Charles Bridges for his Red Rose Racing Team, to be driven by both Bridges himself and Richard Bond. It was the second ‘Lightweight’ E-Type to be campaigned by the Red Rose team after the ex-John Coombs prototype car – registered ‘4 WPD’ – which Bridges had also acquired and which was driven most notably by Brian Redman.

    In the case of the ex-Sutcliffe ‘YVH’ offered here, Red Rose’s 1966 season with the car yielded nine race wins and two 2nd places. In 1967 this lovely ‘Lightweight’ passed from Charles Bridges to enthusiastic club racer Bob Vincent – in whose ownership it was re-registered ‘RV 7’. From him it moved on subsequently to Bob Jennings who hill-climbed it very competitively with former Cooper Formula 1 and 2 driver, Jaguar racing assistance manager and (from 1962) John Coombs’s service manager, Mike MacDowel. The car won its class in hill-climbs at Castle Howard, Woburn, Prescott (breaking the class record) and Doune (new record), and also featuring prominently at Tholt-y-Will on the Isle of Man and at Shelsley Walsh.

    The car was then acquired in 1968 by leading Jaguar enthusiast Bryan Corser, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It was again re-registered, as ‘SVM 740’, and was painted Tyrolean green and “fitted with certain non-standard items of external trim” as recorded by Jaguar specialist Philip Porter in his book ‘Jaguar – Sports racing cars’ (published 1995, by Bay View Books, Bideford, Devon – ISBN 1 870979 67 2).

    In 1976 this ‘Lightweight’ E-Type Jaguar was then sold to the present vendor, in whose collection it has thus been preserved and maintained for no fewer than the past 29 years.

    Jaguar’s rare and universally highly-regarded series of ‘Lightweight’ cars were based upon an aluminium-panelled monocoque chassis and clad in all-aluminium body panels, including the neat hardtop. These cars were furnished with Spartan trim and against a standard Series 1 production E-Type roadster they achieved a very considerable weight-saving, and we understand this car’s dry weight has been gauged as only 1,950lbs.

    Even the ‘Lightweight’s magnificent XK-series 6-cylinder twin-overhead camshaft engines used a specially-cast lightweight aluminium block to match the ‘wide-angle’ aluminium cylinder head inherited from previous Le Mans-winning D-Type Jaguar development, and the engine fitted today is indeed one of these correct, and rare, aluminium-block ‘Lightweight’ power units.

    Weber carburettors were dispensed with and the very latest high-technology Lucas mechanical fuel injection was employed, complete with slide throttle assembly and distinctively long intake trumpets.

    Normally an XK-series cast-iron block engine carries a stamped serial number on the ledge above its oil filter mounting. On this car’s alloy block that ledge will be found to be totally clean and shiny , lacking any numbers. A spare ‘Lightweight’ alloy-block engine (which is not offered with this Lot) featured in the same private Jaguar collection. It is similarly un-numbered. A sister genuine ‘Lightweight’ has just been rebuilt by an unassociated independent restorer and he has confirmed to us that its alloy-block engine is exactly the same.... These three ‘Lightweight’ power units are all genuine factory units to period.

    The engine installed currently is understood to retain the original 3.8-litre capacity. Engine serial ‘RA-1351-9S’ remains stamped into the car’s chassis plate – ‘XK4400’ being cast into the present engine block.

    The car’s driveline features a multi-plate competition clutch driving via a 5-speed ZF German-made manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. Special fittings surviving on this historic ex-Peter Sutcliffe ‘Lightweight’ today include the engine’s horizontally-mounted oil filter, cool-air ducting for both brakes and cockpit, air vents formed in both the hardtop roof and rear boot lid, cockpit hatches sited just behind the seats providing quick-access to the inboard rear brakes, lightweight perspex pull-up door windows, a period British-made GQ Parachute Company five-point driver safety harness, and a protective roll-over safety hoop behind the driver. The tachometer is centrally mounted and the car’s visible recorded mileage at the time of entering this Sale was just 7,091.

    The car’s wide-rim sand-cast magnesium-alloy wheels and fender modifications are Jaguar factory ‘retrofits’ replacing the original pressed-alloy disc wheels and wheel-arch configuration. While exterior body finish is British Racing Green, the bucket seats are trimmed in red leather. A number of motor race tags and labels are evident, including the Walter Mitty Challenge, and Road Atlanta events.

    When acquired from Bryan Corser this historic ‘Lightweight’ had been set-up in touring configuration, and it was subsequently restored closer to its original major-league GT racing form in 1977-78. It is offered here today after having been in one immensely enthusiastic and knowledgeable ownership for some 28 years from 1977-2005.
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    It is a car which in period held its own against such other renowned and enduring thoroughbreds as its sister ‘Lightweight’ E-Type Jaguars, Ferrari 250GTOs and Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes and roadsters – and at various stages in its frontline career it headed them all…

    This is a most significant Grand Touring classic, presented here in wonderfully atmospheric, highly patinated ‘time machine’ quality. It is virtually guaranteed entries in all the world’s premier Historic road and circuit racing events, and it will surely reward a new owner very handsomely indeed.
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
The Ex-Peter Sutcliffe - "...most successful 'Lightweight' of 1964",1963 'Lightweight' Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Coupe  Chassis no. S850666
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