1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight
Right at the top of our big-bucks wish-list is this impressively original E-type racer, one of only a dozen Lightweights made in the period and boasting an impressive competition history. And an impressive value, too. That’s so big it’s one of those “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” cars. But to give you an idea, Bonhams sold another ’63 Lightweight for just over $7million (£6m) in 2017. It was then the most expensive E-type ever sold.
This one is an ex-Briggs Cunningham team car that ran in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1963, driven by Walt Hansgen and Augie Pabst. It went on to race successfully in the US – and in more recent times at the Goodwood Revival, in 2001 and 2002, with none other than Jackie Oliver driving.
The competition successor to the D-type and famous for keeping the Ferrari 250 GTO honest, the Lightweight offered quite a spec for the early 1960s: fuel-injected alloy 3.8 straight six with around 300PS (224kW), four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes all round – all wrapped up inside a lightweight alloy body.
Just 12 Lightweights were built in the period. Never formally acknowledged, they were passed off as part of overall E-type production even though they shared a few parts with the road cars. The dozen cars were sold to Jaguar managing director Lofty England’s racing mates. Eighteen cars were meant to have been built but Jaguar only got round to making the last six as Continuation models in 2015.
The £1.5m Continuation cars are perfect recreations but will never have the provenance of a real one like the car you see here. Its originality extends to its aluminum coachwork and hardtop and matching-numbers engine.
It’s no surprise then that among its owners have been British car-collecting royalty Sir Anthony Bamford, Paul Vestey and Adrian Hamilton. Will you be next?