One of the most historically significant Jaguar E-Types is set to receive its first restoration in 60years…
One of the most historically significant Jaguar E-Types is set to receive its first restoration in 60years. The E-type will be meticulously restored with the aim being to maintaining and preserving the car.
The car was originally conceived by Jaguar to specifically challenge the all-conquering Aston Martins and Ferraris. This particular car, chassis number 850008 (Number Eight), is only one of seven built in 1961 by Jaguar’s Experimental Department. Those in the know in those days referred to the E-Type as a ‘ZP’ car. In attempt at cold war spying, Jaguar wanted to keep everything about the project on the QT, so they categorised the work under the code Project ZP 537/24. No one knows what that means, so we guess the plan worked. This particular car is the only example of the seven that was supplied to a privateer racing driver. Sir Gawaine Baillie raced the car during the ’61 season, rubbing shoulders and probably bumpers such greats as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Mike Parkes and Roy Salvadori.
After many years in the States, where Number Eight, spent most of its time on the road and not racing, it returned to the UK in 2018. Amazingly Number Eight retained is original racing engine and gearbox along with its body and that unmistakable bonnet.
The ZP could not be in more safer or more competent hands than CMC of Bridgnorth. Tim Griffin, Engineering and Production Director at the firm said: “The restoration of Chassis 8 is one in which we are very much looking forward to carrying out. At Classic Motor Cars we have restored many early E-Types. Every time a car with great history arrives here, we have to take a moment to appreciate its presence. Chassis 8 is definitely one of those cars!”
We look forward to bringing you news of the finished project.
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