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1961 Semi Lightweight E-Type Jaguar
The original 'Semi Lightweight' E-Type from which this car takes its name was itself an early derivative of one of the 12 full-blown Competition Lightweights built by Jaguar to take on the mighty Works Teams of Ferrari and Aston Martin in International GT competition. Of these the ex-Sir Robert Ropner Semi-Lightweight is perhaps best known, selling at auction in 2011 for a reputed £1.4m.
Like that car, this example is based on an original early RHD E-Type roadster monocoque (November 1961) with outer panels in aluminum, including the complete bonnet, doors, rear wings, boot lid, and the distinctive Works-style hardtop,all superbly crafted by Rod Jaye. The competition spec engine is by the racing community's 'go to' specialists Sigma and features a proven 3.8-litre steel block with wet-sump lubrication running Weber 48 DCOE carburetors. Cooling system uses an aluminium radiator and header tank, all FIA-specification race fuel cell and tubular exhaust manifolds into a free-flow exhaust system. An all-synchromesh gearbox delivers the prodigious 300 bhp power of this capable racer via an AP competition clutch, through a LSD racing differential to peg-drive hubs with magnesium alloy wheels and Dunlop L section tyres.
Finished in a stunning livery of Ecurie CEOs Blue with white roundels the car has recently remerged from a two year build, is brand new and currently undergoing a thorough shakedown prior to sale. It comes with FIA HTP Papers, making it eligible for many historic race and rally events.
This represents a rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully constructed, race-ready Semi Lightweight in time for the start of the new season.