1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE - £179,990
Barbary Hill are very honoured to be able to offer this exceptionally rare and unique car, on behalf of the Cresswell Family.
The car is the creation and master piece of the late Richard Cresswell. Richards desire was to create a road legal race car, that could be driven to the track, raced , and then drive it home.
Richard started his career with Jaguar as an apprentice in 1966, little did he know at the time he would have a career spanning 26 years, and subsequently becoming the chief tester replacing Norman Dewis upon his retirement. Early in to his career, Richard was exposed to various departments, but he soon realised his ambition was to work under the wings of Norman and alongside Peter Taylor. This was of an era where tests were carried out manually without the influence of modern technology, covering in excess of a thousand miles per day and speeds exceeding 100mph to perform tests on the tyres.
In 1981 Richard relocated with his young family to Phoenix Arizona on a three year assignment. His role was to put the cars through a series of tests in extreme heat. During his time in America, Richards was able to identify a series of scenarios that enabled the factory to remedy the solutions.
When the call came from Jaguar to return home and replace Norman Dewis as the chief tester, he was delighted. This would be a role he would fulfill and embrace for the next ten years, until he felt the time was right to leave in 1991.
After his time at Jaguar, Richard went on to build up a successful business focusing on vintage Bentleys. Having always had a soft spot for the E-Type, Richard heard of the new E-Type race series. This was all the incentive he needed to scratch the E-Type itch. Eventually a suitable donor car was found in California, and the process was started to have the car imported back to the UK. Originally a 1961 Flat Floor LHD Fixed Head Coupe, the body work in general was in good condition, but the bonnet was not salvageable. It had looked like the previous custodian had a similar mind set to Richard, and the periperal parts like the bumper were missing, and the rear tailgate had been heavily drilled for lightness.
The car benefits from the following:
Manufactured 4th October 1961
Chassis No. 885068 Engine No. RA5200-9
Original Distributor Jaguar Cars New York USA to Houston Texas USA
Date of UK registration 18.8.2011
Rebuilt By Richard Cresswell between 8.10.2009 and December 2012
Jaguar Heritage certificate available to view on inspection of the car
Engine rebuilt by Dave Butcher to Club Race Spec:-
10.0:1 Compression ratio, Half Race cams, Tripple Weber 45 DCOE Carbs.
Lucas non-electronic ignition system. Lucas dynamo and Starter - Dry cell battery.
Hayward & Scott full race stainless exhaust system.
Fully baffled wet sump with 13 Row Covrad oil cooler.
Twin Facet fuel pumps from 16 gal. aluminium tank.
Dyno run 320 Bhp
Jaguar 4 speed all synchro, fully rebuilt with close ratio gears.
Lightened flywheel with twin plate clutch and Tilton co-axial slave.
Jaguar/ Salisbury PowerLok diff fully rebuilt with new 3.54: final drive ratio.
Chassis & Body:
Original very rust free shell (ex Texas USA) fully overhauled by Rod Jay.
Only mods - replace both front floors with later spec. drop panels for foot room,
Rear arches reworked minimally for tyre clearance. Quick action hatches for
rear brake access. New Aluminium bonnet with brake cooling ducts.
Front chassis frames replaced despite no visible damage to originals.
Uprated torsion bars and adjustable Spax dampers and coil springs.
Brakes & Wheels:
Jaguar Mk1X solid front discs (11"dia) Alloy calipers and racing pads.
Adjustable front/rear balance. Big resevoirs. No servo.
Lighweight pattern alloy 5 stud wheels with Avon Road/Race tyres
FIA Roll cage and Luke Racing harness. Steel doors. Lightweight pattern seats,
Racing style leather trim. Full set racing instruments to Q/D dash. Safety
ignition cut out. Cooling air ducts and Aero outlets.
Complete new wiring loom.
This car really needs to be seen to appreciate the attention to detail and thought that has gone in to the development of this car.
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