24th May 2021

London Concours celebrates 60th anniversary of the E-type

The London Concours will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type in 2021. This year's event will include nine E-types, including the first ever roadster and the last ever built.

The E-type was initially intended as a race car, inspired by Jaguar’s racing D-type which won the Le Mans race three times, but the E-type became a successful sports and grand touring car, which later established itself in motor racing.

One of the earliest Jaguar E-types will be on display at the show. ‘1 VHP’ is the first right-hand drive coupé and the only surviving right-hand drive number one chassis car left in the world. Also in the class will be stunning examples of each of the E-types many faces, which will include the Jaguar E-type Series 1 Drop Head Coupé, the Series 2 Fixed Head Coupé, the Series 2 Drop Head Coupé and the Series 3 Fixed Head Coupé.

 ‘HDU 555N’ is the last Jaguar E-type ever produced and rounds out the history of the E-type. Now owned by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust ‘HDU 555N’ is a Series three Drop Head Coupé which was built on 12 June 1974 but not registered until 5 February 1975.

Production of the E-type finished in June 1974 with a special run of fifty cars and they all carried a commemorative plaque, bearing a facsimile of Sir William Lyons’s signature. All but one were painted black, while the second last car was British Racing Green and was supplied to a well-known private Jaguar collector.

These cars are part of a nine-strong line-up of the most significant Jaguar E-types from the car’s colourful 60-year history.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “When we think of Iconic cars, they don’t come much more iconic than the Jaguar E-type. The phrase icon is used often in the classic car world, but in the case of the E-type that reputation is thoroughly deserved. As part of the London Concours this year, we are thrilled to welcome nine of the most significant Jaguar E-types to sit among the nearly 100 strong line up of cars. Each of these cars has incredible pedigree and history behind them and are worthy of being chosen as the vehicles which will commemorate the car’s 60th anniversary this year.”

If you’d like to visit London Concours this year, you can get 2 for 1 tickets by using the code FJ2021. You can find out more about the event and purchase tickets here: www.londonconcours.co.uk