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Record Creation: Entered on 24 December 2002.

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Ultimate E-Type Enthusiasts interested in the lightweight E-Types will want to pick up a copy of Philip Porter's Ultimate E-Type: The Competition Cars. Buy it directly from Porter & Porter:

Supplied to Henlys, London (despatched April 14th, 1961) as a steel-bodied roadster. Sold to Coombs of Guilford as a demonstrator. In debut race at Oulton Park Roy Salvadori placed 3rd.

Car became works development car and increasingly prepared by works. Norbury Cup at Crystal Palace, Salvadori, 1st Place. Peco Trophy, Brands Hatch, Salvadori, 2nd place. Silverstone, Salvadori, 5th place. British GP meeting, Aintree, Sears, 2nd. Scott-Brown Trophy, Snetterton, Salvadori, 2nd. Peco Trophy, Brands Hatch, Salvadori, 3rd. Molyslip Trophy, Snetterton, Salvadori, 2nd.

In 1962: Oulton Park, Graham Hill, 2nd. Easter Goodwood, crashed heavily by Salvadori, rebuilt with lighter-gauge steel body. Silverstone, Hill, 3rd. Mallory Park, Hill, 2nd. TT, August Bank Holiday Brands Hatch, Hill, 5th. Goodwood, Salvadori, 4th.

In the winter of 1962/63 became prototype for Lightweight E-Type, extensively rebuilt with many modifications, principally aluminum shell and aluminum block engine. Snetterton, Hill, 1st. Car homologated under Appendix J. Sussex Trophy, Goodwood, Hill, 1st. Loton Park, MacDowel, 1st in class. Daily Express Silverstone, Hill, 1st. Grovewood Trophy, Mallory Park, Hill, 1st. British GP meeting, Salmon, 3rd in GT class. TT, Goodwood, Sears, 4th.

1964: Daily Express Silverstone, practised by Jack Brabham, raced by Dan Gurney, 8th (?). Pontin Trophy, Crystal Palace, Jackie Stewart, 1st. British GP meeting, Brands Hatch, Stewart, 2nd.

Sold to Charles Bridges, Red Rose Racing. Raced by Brian Redman, many successes: 21 first places, 1 second (to a 250LM Ferrari) and 5 club circuit records; launched Redman's career. Sold to Gordon Brown.

1994 crashed heavily during Silverstone demonstration; in 1995 being repaired by John Pearson with monocoque repaired rather than sections replaced. Gordon Brown (Preston, Lancashire, UK).

Video of 850006

World of Jaguar with Terry Larson: E-Type

Renowned Jaguar expert and collector Terry Larson walks through the history of the famed British marque. Here he talks about the famed E-Type, which still looks revolutionary 50 years after its introduction.


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2002-12-24 03:40:56 | Anonymous writes:

Coys auction, Silverstone, England, 8/2/1996 lot #80. Sports Car Market report:

Ex-John Coombs/Salvadori/Hill/Stewart/Redman. The first Lightweight. Fully documented. Remarkable history. In superb condition.

2002-12-24 03:42:14 | Anonymous writes:

British registration 4WPD.

2003-10-30 19:00:50 | Steven D. writes:

An eight page article in the Oct. 2003 issue of Octane featured this very car. A quote from the article says "Chassis no. 850006is now owned by American enthusiast Bernie Carl and is the car Gregor Fisken and Emmanuele Pirro drove to victory at the Goodwood Reival in 2001."

2004-01-22 11:09:59 | pauls writes:

Info gathered with permission from:

850006 (lightweight number 1) was delivered new to John Coombs, and was one of the seven ZP537124 modified cars. It was driven first by Roy Salvadori and later Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and others. It is said to have held at various times the registrations 4 WPD, BUY 1, and BUY 12. over time it was modified into more of a racing car, the modifications including an aluminium body shell, hence making it a prototype for the lightweight aluminium-bodied competition E-types. The car is reportedly in England, held by the same owner who has had it since the 1960s, and being restored to competition specs.

2005-08-16 13:56:12 | Robert writes:

Additional info to Coys Silverstone auction 3rd Aug 1996 estimate £480000-£550000 No sale

2007-02-06 13:13:48 | pauls writes:

Car is mentioned in Nov, 06 Jaguar Journal (JCNA publication). Confirms factory documentation built the car for John Coombs, engine number R1015. States it was Pearl Grey, registration BUY 1.

2007-09-07 07:52:59 | pauls writes:

Basically the same info as above was documented in Sept '07 issue of "The E-Type" magazine. The car was Pearl Grey and registered BUY 1.

2009-01-25 16:18:22 | Michael writes:

For the record and from the original log book. The registration BUY 1 was reassigned to the car from the MK 11 demonstrator on the 27th April 1961 at a cost of £5. On the 3rd November 1961 BUY 1 was reassigned again to another car and 4 WPD was assigned ( date stamped as the 4th December 1961), again at a cost of £5. At no time was the car ever registered BUY 12. Interesting to note that the car raced at Oulton Park on the 16th April as BUY 1 before formally taking that number. The story goes that both cars where driven to the circuit for the race practice with BUY 1 arriving with the new owner first, therefore claiming to be the first E-type ever delivered to a customer, with Mr Coombs being that first customer!

2009-09-28 06:40:06 | Anonymous writes:

The car is alive and well and racing once again. It was at Goodwood last weekend. It was fabulous to see it once again as I have many memories of it being raced in the sixties alongside my Father's car

2009-10-01 11:36:22 | pauls writes:

A short article about the Goodwood sighting here: ...

2011-08-18 11:39:52 | Jim writes:

This car can be seen competing in 2010's Goodwood Revival RAC TT Race here:

2011-12-26 07:07:52 | Anonymous writes:

I see a COYS advet in the January 2012 Classic and Sports Car featuring 5WPD. Is this the same 4WPD re- registered after it's last wreck and rebuild? Painted white with yellow stripe.

2013-09-28 17:40:42 | Lofty writes:

See under S850006

2014-05-31 20:26:01 | pauls writes:

Feb. 2001 Jaguar World states the car was the Coombs competition car, 4WPD later BUY1, BUY12. Prototype lightweight now re-registered and owned since the 60s by Gordon Brown of Lancashier. Sold.

2015-01-09 09:02:01 | James catlow writes:

I knew Gordon in 1978 he was my chief eng working with P&o ferries
He had the lightweight then at the time he was in his late fifties and heavily into horby oo
I also knew bob speake who was a top mechanic and specialized in ferraris and classics served his time working for Gordon at his jag dealership at 5 barred gate Preston
In 1988 met with bob at a motor cycle trial he was asking about Gordon but at the time I'd parted companies 5 years previously
I asked about the lightweight and he told me this story
It was stored in a mill in Preston covered in old carpets
At the time classic car market was going crazy and consortium of London business men approached bob and asked him to buy the jag on their behalf and go up to 800k bob was t o be on a 10 percent bonus
He called up and spoke with Gordon and made him the offer
Gordon told him under no terms was the lightweight for sale and put the phone down on him
I chuckled yes Gordon was a true car nut having supported jag racing at leman as a mechanic he was well known around the true Giants cloth hat brigade in lancs like Harry Radcliffe etc great characters

2016-12-10 19:53:06 | pauls writes:

Many 2016 photos of the car posted at:

2022-08-13 05:30:32 | DSL writes:

Appeared in 1962 film "A Pair of Briefs" in original roadster form -

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