The earliest Jaguar E-type competition car will be previewed at the London Classic Car Show, before it is offered for sale in the April H&H Duxford auction
H&H auctions is planning to display a selection of cars at this year’s London Classic Car Show, on 18-21 February. The very first Jaguar E-type competition car, estimated to sell for £700,000-£900,000 at Duxford in April, will be the undoubted star of the show.
This 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Competition Roadster, 9VPD, is the very first racing E-type. The car was originally one of seven right-hand drive roadster, built to Project ZP 537/24 specification. It was overseen by Jaguar's Engineering Director Bill Heynes and supplied to favoured teams on Lofty England's say so.
Among the upgrades installed by the Browns Lane Competition department was uprated running gear. This was a significant package, consisting of increased compression ratio, gas flowed cylinder head, lightened flywheel, competition clutch springs and a close-ratio gearbox.
This example was one of the two cars set aside for John Coombs, chassis 850007 was completed on 29 March 1961, although not officially road registered as '9 VPD' for another four months. Although used more sparingly than its sister car, this example does come with some interesting racing history.
More recently, 9VPD has been fighting fit in some of the most prestigious historic racing championships. After making its debut at the 2005 Silverstone Classic Festival., it went on to place fourth at the 2006 Le Mans Classic event.
If you’re interested in making a bid later in the year, or simply want to take an up-close look at this piece of motoring history, then you can see the car on H&H’s stand (C170) at the London Classic Car Show on 18-21 February.