1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupe

The first ever E-Type Coupe to see action at a race circuit

Chassis 860002 was the second of only four Outside Bonnet Lock, RHD Coupes, and importantly, the first ever E-Type Coupe to see action at a race circuit. Supplied to first owner Anthony Davenport of Leek, Staffordshire, Davenport was a factory supported privateer racer. Delivered in late August 1961, and fitted with a D-Type spec 3.8 Litre engine (bored out from a 3.4) taken from his XK150, he immediately went racing. In 1961 he managed to squeeze in a couple of events at Silverstone and Oulton Park, and then in 1962 completed a full season, returning to the factory for further modifications. This was all fastidiously recorded in Davenport’s racing log, from tyre pressures to lap times.

Today, 002 is largely unrestored and retains most of its original factory upgrades. We secured it on behalf of a notable British collector from the long term owner, working with William Heynes Ltd to do so.

Photography By Amy Shore Photography

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