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1961 Jaguar E-type 'semi-lightweight' 'E141' - Continuous race history from 1964

Front-runner in the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy - 55 years of racing history

1961 Jaguar E-type 'semi-lightweight' 'E141' - Continuous race history from 1964

Chassis 850066 was famously photographed outside the factory in 1961 with the distinctive E141 private number plate and 58 years later stills retains the same number.

In December 1963 London based club racer Brian Spicer bought E141 from Rose & Young, Jaguar main dealers in Streatham and over the winter E141 was prepped for the 1964 race season.

Spicer’s first recorded race with E141 was the Aston Martin Owners Club St. John Horsfall meeting at Silverstone 9th May 1964 competing in the Glover Trophy for Sports and Touring Cars in a grid that included an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, DB3S and two D Types as well several E-types including “Fireball” Cunningham in CUT 7. A full season followed, racing at Silverstone, Mallory Park and Brands Hatch for the famous Redex Trophy where E141 finished an impressive second in class in its first season's racing.

1965 saw Spicer run E141 under the team banner of Circuit Motors and race-prepared by legendary Brixton-based Jaguar racing driver and engineer, Albert Betts. In that season’s Redex Trophy, he raced against John Miles in the famous Willment Cobra '39 PH' as well as several Tigers and Chris Meek in the new V8 Ginetta G10.

With constant development of E141 by Spicer and Betts, well documented by many files of period photographs and race reports from Autosport and race programmes, the car stayed competitive throughout the post-1966 liberation of GT Modsport racing against other E Types including RL26 and CUT 7. Brian Spicer later recalled in a magazine article that in 1969, missing an E-type for the road, he bought Derek Bell’s Jaguar E Type 3.8 roadster as a tow car! Practicality took over and Derek Bell’s roadster “race tender” was replaced by a primrose yellow 2+2 coupe. In 1971 Spicer decided to move onto single seaters and sold E141 to fellow Jaguar racer John Quick. He only kept the car for a year before selling to well-known racing driver Bill de Selincourt. He raced it for 2 years before selling on his retirement from racing. Next owner Reg Woodcock continued racing E141 until 1978 when it was retired from contemporary racing.

John Pearson of Pearson Engineering bought E141 and restored it to its original semi-lightweight spec in order to race the car competitively in historic racing. In 2005 the current owner, a well-known collector and racer of Jaguars, bought the car from John Pearson and since then E141 has been actively campaigned at Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival TT, Silverstone Classic and many other prestigious events with multiple podiums. Most recently E141 raced in the 2018 Goodwood Revival flagship race, the Tourist Trophy, where the car finished 7th overall driven by Steve Soper and John Young.

E141 is a famous and well-developed car with the most exceptionally well documented continuous history, supported by period photographs and race entries and invoices. It is invited to all top historic events and remains a front running car, and is truly race-ready. It is road registered with its original number plate E141 and has current HTP papers.

E141 comes complete with 15 ring-binders full of history.

 

 

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