It’s one of the most iconic cars ever made and the Jaguar E-Type is a highly collectible classic.
Built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry the E-Type caused a sensation when it was first unveiled in the Swinging Sixties.
It was also something of a bargain, being way cheaper than similar sports cars made by the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari.
Of course there’s no such thing as a cheap E-Type these days – even barn finds command a high price at auction – and impeccably restored examples attract stratospheric prices.
Quite a few old E-Types can claim to be special but one that’s currently on the market really is a one-off.
‘The Beast’ – as it was known – is the fastest E-Type that has ever taken to the road and boasts output of 750bhp and a top speed of over 180mph.
It is also claimed it can travel from a standing start to 150mph in just eight seconds.
The Beast dominated its class of racing throughout the 1990s.
Now, fully restored, it is available for sale courtesy of Hampson Auctions.
Conceived by Fred Cliffe back in 1977, the V12 roadster was subsequently developed over 13 years by Rob Beere Racing on behalf of Malcolm Hamilton, in whose hands it secured no less than 52 outright victories and 87 podium finishes.
The car’s remarkable run of success was halted by an accident at Oulton Park in 2001, following which this all-conquering Big Cat was disassembled and stored.
It was then sold to the current keeper, who has patiently rebuilt it to the equivalent mind-boggling specification in which it last competed.
In essence it is a 1971 V-12 E-Type centre tub sporting what is tantamount to TWR Group C specification engine and running gear.
Its impressive specifications are as follows:
* 7.3-litre V12 E-Type unit developing around 750bhp and 680 lb ft of torque and installed 6in lower and further back than in the standard car. Compression ratio – 13:1. Carburation – 6 x twin-choke IDF downdraught Webers
* Transmission. Bespoke Hewland dog box, lightweight flywheel and triple plate clutch
* Suspension. Bespoke Rob Beere Racing wishbones and anti-rollbars, Penske springs and dampers, Jaguar XJ220 Le Mans wheels shod with Dunlop tyres
* Brakes. 15in AP Racing discs all-round – 6-pot calipers front, 4-pot calipers rear
* Bodywork. Mix of aluminium, fibreglass and carbonfibre. Front air dam – plywood with titanium skids. Rear wing – carbonfibre ex-Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9
* Weight – 1,275kg
Performance – 0-150mph, circa 8 seconds. Top speed, in excess of 180mph
No guide price has been released by Hampson Auctions but any prospective buyers can find out more and express an interest by contacting Zach Hamilton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampson’s next general sale of Classics and Collectables will be held at Thornton Manor, Wirral on April 28. Further information can be found here
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