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Jaguar Classic Unveils Tribute to First E-Type Race Wins With the E-Type ZP Collection

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The E-type ZP Collection comprises of Oulton Blue drophead coupe and Crystal Grey fixed-head. Photo Jaguar

Jaguar Classic is celebrating the race-winning pedigree of the E-type by producing seven exclusive pairs of E-type ZP Collection vehicles. 

These new luxury collectibles honour the first E-types in competition, which were produced under the project name “ZP”. Only months after the E-type’s introduction in 1961, these lightly modified racing E-types designed by Jaguar celebrated their first victories. 

Each pair of E-type ZP Collection vehicles includes a drophead coupe and a fixed-head coupe finished in liveries inspired by those original race-winning cars and comprehensively restored by the experts at Jaguar Classic Works in Coventry. 

The two inspiration cars are typically referred to by their registration numbers, ‘ECD 400’ and ‘BUY 1’, and were driven by Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori respectively in the 1960s. The E-type ZP Collection features details commemorating the E-type’s racing heritage as well as engineering upgrades and enhancements to make them more usable for customers.

Later in 2023, Jaguar’s SV Bespoke personalization team will unveil a limited-edition production run of matching F-TYPE ZP Editions inspired by the E-type ZP Collection. Fourteen of these final 5.0-litre supercharged V8 Jaguar sports cars will be reserved for E-type ZP Collection clients, creating an unrepeatable celebratory quartet. 

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Authentic tribute

“The E-type ZP Collection is the ultimate tribute to the E-type’s triumphant racing debut, in itself part of Jaguar’s rich motorsport history. Each pair tells a fascinating, and often untold, story of the E-type’s history. The ZP Collection honours not only the vehicles but the racers who drove them to victory on the track. With 2,000 hours lovingly spent on each vehicle by the craftspeople at Jaguar Classic, our discerning clients will be able to enjoy a unique tribute to two of the greatest cars in the E-type’s history”, said Paul Barritt, Director of Jaguar Classic.

Each vehicle comes with a period helmet to match those worn by Hill and Salvadori in the period. They are crafted by British expert Bill Vero of Everoak, who has been manufacturing helmets since the 1950s. The authentic and faithful reproductions are display pieces that can be worn, and hand adjusted for each client. 

Classic Works Expertise

The ZP Collection is based on the specification of 3.8-litre Series 1 E-types produced between 1961-1964. The 265bhp 3.8-litre engine features an authentic 1961-style alloy radiator with an electric cooling fan and electronic ignition for everyday usability, as well as a polished stainless steel exhaust system. 

Both vehicles feature a suite of additional enhancements. These include the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and navigation.

The most significant mechanical upgrade is the specially developed five-speed manual transmission for quieter, more comfortable cruising. It features synchromesh on all ratios, helical cut gears and a reinforced cast aluminum casing for enhanced reliability and durability, with closer gear ratios for smoother changes. 

For more information on Jaguar Classic, visit media.jaguar.com.

 

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