28/05/2012 Editor's Choice: Jaguar E-type SI 3.8-litre Competition Roadster
There are few images more evocative of the Le Mans 24 Hours in the early 60s than that of a Briggs Cunningham E-type, battered and grime-stained, pounding round to the 4 o’clock finish. This racing ‘E’ is much cleaner – and probably a little more affordable…
The car you see here was painstakingly built by marque specialist West Riding Jaguar and is for sale at Coys’ showroom in Richmond, South West London.
It’s based on a tub from a 1965 Roadster and has had many modifications, improvements and lightweight components installed, all in the manner of the famous factory-built ‘Lightweight E-types’.
So, there’s a glassfibre hardtop, aluminium bonnet, doors, rear wings and boot lid, and a full-race, wet-sump engine with triple Weber 45 DCOE carburettors. Everything is to FIA specification and the car comes with FIA/HTP papers.
The racing set-up is completed by the addition of peg-drive magnesium-alloy wheels and Dunlop L-section racing tyres.
Oh, and of course the famous white-with-blue-stripes livery of the Cunningham racing team.
But if you’re not quite ready for the Silverstone Classic, Tour Auto or Spa 6 Hours, popping a passenger seat into the cabin transforms the car into the perfect car for (very) fast, two-up touring.