One of seven 3.8 roadsters built in 1961 at Browns Lane as the first competition E-types, the car – known by its reg plate of 9 VPD – will be auctioned by H&H Classics at its Duxford sale on 19-20 April. You will be able to get a closer look at the dark blue E before that, however, when it stars at the London Classic Car Show at ExCel on 18-21 February.
So, neat timing for aspiring Revival racers who fancy their chances against the Cobras, Astons and Ferrari GTOs in this year’s RAC TT Celebration race in September. 9 VPD is no stranger at Revival; it had its post-restoration Goodwood debut in 2007 in the hands of Rauno Aaltonen.
Earlier in 2007, 9 VPD was the first Jaguar home in the Le Mans Legends race in tribute to Jaguar’s 1957 win. Since then it has been a regular sight not just at Revival but at the Spa and Le Mans Classics. Drivers have included Goodwood favourites Richard Attwood (a class win in the Spa 6-Hours) and Emanuele Pirro.
And in period? It was one of a pair of competition-spec E-types from a run of seven that went to John Coombs, Guildford Jag dealer and MkII racing specialist. 9 VPD was used as the team’s ‘paddock car’ while its sister machine, reg 4 WPD, went racing, making its debut in the 1961 Scott Brown Trophy at Snetterton. This car went on to become the first Lightweight – and now of course is another extremely well known E-type at Goodwood.
9 VPD is not a Lightweight of course (they didn’t appear until 1963) but, as one of the first competition-spec E-types that Jaguar made, it has a very special place in E-type history. H&H Auctions is putting a pre-sale estimate of £700-£900,000 on the car.