The Lightweight Es are the ultimate E-types, and this is the ultimate book on these charismatic cars. This is the full story of the competition E-types that took on the might of the Ferrari and often beat the legendary GTOs and the AC Cobras.
With copious unseen period photographs and original Jaguar reports, the glory years of the '60s are told as never before, including the build up to the Lightweights and the evolution of the Low Drag versions. This book is packed full of material to fascinate and inform E-type and motor-racing enthusiasts...
- Lively, authoritative, intriguing, definitive
- A chapter for each of the 12 cars
- The full Lightweight E story
- The history of the E2A prototype
- The development story of Jaguar's answer to the GTO
- The driving impressions of E v. Cobra v. GTO
- Revelations from Adrian Newey
- Why a fresh water mussel was found in one car!
- Masses of fresh information
- The early racers to the final Low Drag Coupés
- Stunning period and studio photography
- Over 200 interviewed including Sir Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, Roy Salvadori, Martin Brundle, Brian Redman, 'Whizzo' Williams, John Coombs...
- Almost every owner of each car traced
- Part 1 – Period Story, Part 2 – The Cars, Part 3 – Evaluation By Philip Porter, award-winning author of over 15 Jaguar books
Ultimate E-type – The Collectors' Edition Is this a first?
The Collectors' Edition of a new motoring book will include a numbered piece of original metal from one of the 11 remaining Lightweight Es? Just 25 very special copies of Philip Porter's latest blockbuster, Ultimate E-type – The Competition Cars, are hand-bound in finest Moroccan goatskin by top binder and book restorer, Trevor Lloyd. Complete with craftsman-made box, they are priced at £2,200 each. Of that, £1,000 will go to the Henry Surtees Foundation. This edition has been created in conjunction with Peter Neumark, the owner of the famous ex-Le Mans Lindner Low Drag Lightweight and top classic car specialists, Classic Motor Cars, who have carried out an amazing 7000-hour rebuild of the car that was crashed in 1964. Each book has it's own unique number stamped out on original Lightweight E-type metal in the same format as an E-type body tag. This car was fitted with the most powerful XK engine Jaguar ever built and modified by the Jaguar Competition Dept with Malcolm Sayer's very beautiful Low Drag bodywork. Today, it is worth several million pounds.