Jaguar is not only a household name but a legendary marque that’s played a key role in the history of racing. The British car manufacturer made its mark in the racing scene (and the automotive industry at large) with unique sports cars, like the D-Type that won the 24 Hours of le Mans three years in a row starting in 1955, and the E-Type which is still one of the label’s most famous cars. A pair of modified E-Types, the ECD 400 and the BUY 1, driven by Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori, were among the first race winners for the model, with a total of 24 podium finishes from 1961-1964. In honor of these iconic cars and the wins they achieved, Jaguar Classic has announced two restoration models of the E-Types driven by Hill and Salvadori. The Jaguar Classic E-Type ZP Collection will have fourteen faithful recreations of these cars (sold as pairs), with commemorative details and an updated interior.
Each one of these restoration models took 2,000 hours of expert crafting to make and is still true to the original model’s roots. The Oulton Blue drophead coupe is the model inspired by the ECD 100 driven by Hill, with a quote from the man himself etched into the center console reading, “In a race my car becomes part of me, and I become part of it” below the Oulton Park circuit in a red interior. The Crystal Grey fixed-head, driven by Salvadori, has the Crystal Palace circuit embossed in the center console along with the legend’s nickname, “King of the Airfields” in a blue interior.
Both models are based on the 265 HP 3.8L Series 1 E-Types and feature half of a laurel wreath commemorating the car’s history and racing wins. Additionally, two Everoak helmets (made by Bill Vero) inspired by the racers have been announced too.
The Jaguar Classic E-Type ZP Collection will only have seven pairs available for seven buyers, with more information available on Jaguar’s website through email sign-up.