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  Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Low Drag Coupe

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1963
Numbers built:2 Low Drag Coupes
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 20, 2011
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Chassis: S850662
Chassis S850662 Originally completed as a 'standard' Roadster in 1963, chassis S850662 was the first of only two Lightweight E-Types raced with a fixed head body. Ahead of the 1964 season, was modified by the Jaguar factory for its first owner, German Jaguar importer Peter Lindner, according to a 'low drag' design by Malcolm Sayer. In both guises it was raced with considerable success by Lindner and his co-driver Peter Nocker. Its career came to a tragic end when Lindner crashed fatally at Montlhery, sadly taking 3 marshals with him.

In the aftermath the remains of the car were impounded and it did not resurface until the early 1980s. The new owner contemplated having the car re-constructed but eventually opted to have Lynx built what was basically a new car on a spare tub, using some of the salvageable parts. The wreck was nevertheless preserved and it stayed with the car during its subsequent spell in the famous Rosso Bianco museum. In 2008 the current owner acquired the two cars and set about having the original 'Lindner / Nocker' E-Type restored back to its former glory.

The work was executed by his own company 'Classic Motor Cars', which was more than convenient as fixing the body alone took over 5,000 man-hours. Amazingly the very skilled workers did manage to save over 90% of the mangled body, which nearly 30 decades earlier was deemed unrepairable. The whole project took around three years to complete but the car was ready in time to celebrate the E-Type's 50th anniversary. At one of its first public outings since the restoration, chassis S850662 is seen here at the 2011 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. During the first weekend of July, it is expected to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Jaguar is the featured marque..

Chassis: S850663
Chassis S850663 Like chassis S850662, this fixed-head E-Type originally left the factory as a Roadster. Following a crash, it was returned to the factory where it was repaired with a distinct 'Low Drag' body using input from Dr. Samir Klat from the Imperial College. The car was raced extensively by Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent with some success. It has survived in very original condition despite being extensively used in historic events for many years. Chassis S850663 is seen here at a variety of events over the last couple of years.

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