1961 Jaguar E-type Chassis 15 – Bruce McLaren
The Jaguar E-type was first unveiled to the World at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, and caused such a sensation that customers were literally queuing at Jaguar Showrooms to acquire one. By combining the fabulous aerodynamic design of Malcolm Sayers with Sir William Lyon’s intuitive styling, it was one of the most desirable sports cars of the swinging 60s and combined the latest technology, beautiful styling and refined high performance. Early production cars were extremely difficult to obtain unless you were fortunate enough to be considered a person of special interest to Jaguar and their partners.
One such individual was Bruce McLaren, a young and extremely talented Formula One driver from New Zealand. In March 61, McLaren was just 23 years old, living in the United Kingdom and driving in Formula One for the Cooper Factory Team alongside Australian Jack Brabham. McLaren had already become the youngest ever driver to win a Formula One race at the United States Grand Prix in 1959.
These special attributes were enough for Bruce to be chosen to receive one of the very first Jaguar E-Type Roadsters produced. That car was Chassis 15, the car offered here.
One of the first batch of 18 ‘priority list’ hand built cars, of which 7 were road cars built to race specification, Chassis 15 was originally supplied to Bruce McLaren by the well-known Jaguar dealer Coombs of Guildford. John Coombs, along with Peter Berry and Tommy Sopwith, was one of three race team owners to be allocated early delivery of E type Roadsters from the factory by Lofty England. The three teams had a pair of E types each, one of which was the modified ZPS37/24 racing car whilst the other was the ‘on show’ paddock and road car. Chassis 15 was dispatched to Henlys and supplied to Coombs of Guildford in July 1961, registered 406 VPC. Bruce can be seen driving chassis 15 in the paddock during the 1961 TT meeting at Goodwood in the recently released film about his extraordinary life. His legacy continues to this day with the McLaren Formula One Team and McLaren Cars of Woking. ‘McLaren Automotive‘ was founded in 1963.
Acquired by JD Classics in early 2016 from long term ownership in Australia, chassis 15 has recently completed an exhaustive 4500 hour JD Classics restoration to factory original specification. All of the rare early features including outside bonnet locks, welded in bonnet louvres and flat floors have been painstakingly restored and the E-type retains a full set of numbers that match the factory build sheet and retains its original factory supplied hardtop. Finished in its original British Racing Green with body coloured wire wheels, Red hide interior and Black top it is presented in absolute concours condition and is possibly one of the most famous non-competition E-Types in existence. Please contact us for further details.
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