Want to own Sir John Whitmore's E-type?

| 30 Aug 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Sir John Whitmore's E-type?

The appeal of a Series 1 Jaguar E-type won't be lost on many, but the chance to own one with a special history makes this Carmen Red example stand out.

Although it wasn't always that colour. When racing driver Sir John Whitmore bought it new in 1965 its paint was Opalescent Golden Sand and it had a red leather interior – the one you see here.

It will cross the block in Silverstone Auctions' September Sale on 29 September at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire, with a £90,000-110,000 estimate.

Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Sir John Whitmore's E-type?
This E-type's red leather upholstery is original

Whitmore was a successful racing driver in the 1950s and ’60s, winning the British Saloon Car Championship on his first attempt, in 1961.

Four years later, in 1965, he won the European Touring Car Championship, driving a Lotus Cortina, and he contested Le Mans three times.

He also, clearly, had great taste in cars and bought this E-type new from Henlys Ltd of London in 1965.

In 2012, following a head-gasket failure, this Series 1 4.2 fixed head coupé had a full top end engine rebuild, trim repairs, a new headlining, and a new exhaust and brackets, work which totalled £12,000 – plus it's more recently had a glass-out repaint and restoration.

It has a few mechanical upgrades, such as Spax adjustable shock absorbers, a power steering rack and Coopercraft disc brakes – the original items will be sold with the car, so its next buyer can return the E-type to its factory spec, if desired.

Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Sir John Whitmore's E-type?
This 53-year-old coupé has been well cared for all its life

“It’s a great honour to offer a true motorsport great’s car at the September Sale,” said Joe Watts, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“The sale of the car has become even more poignant since Sir John’s death in April last year.

"Even without Sir John’s involvement, this E-type is fantastic and one of the most sympathetic combinations of ease of use upgrades and originality we have ever had the pleasure to offer for auction.”

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