1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I FIA Race Car


Pendine is offering this Jaguar E-Type Series I FIA Race Car for sale. Built by legendary Jaguar test driver Richard Cresswell.


If it was Norman Dewis who started to fastidiously formalise Jaguar’s testing programme in the 1950s, it was his protégé Richard Cresswell who took testing from the roads around Coventry and MIRA to an international operation. Joining Jaguar in 1966, Cresswell soon became a key figure in the testing and development of the XJ6, before founding Jaguar’s North America proving ground. Creswell set up VBE Restorations in the early 1990s, restoring Vintage Bentley’s. However, his passion for high speed development led him to freelance work that included the development of the Mclaren F1.

This E-Type was Richard’s own car, built by him when he heard that there was to be a new Jaguar E-Type race series. Reasonably enough, he thought he was in a good position to build a pretty decent car! A 1961 Flat Floor LHD Fixed Head Coupe was found in California. Between 2009 and 2012, Richard set about building the car in the VBE workshops utilising all of his Jaguar knowledge to ensure it would be one of the most tractable and best handling cars on the grid.

Purchased by the current owner in 2019, the car has been further developed and in 2020 underwent a full update to current specification by renowned Jaguar specialist Brazell Engineering. This involved rebuilding the brakes, a rebuild and crack testing of the suspension components, refreshing the differential and updating all of the safety equipment in the car.

Since then car has been continuously maintained and developed with the most recent major work being an engine rebuild producing 304bhp which was completed in January 2023.

The car has a detailed history file and Period F, FIA papers dated until December 2029. Of course being a 1961 example the E-Type would also be a suitable candidate for pre-63 races, subject to minor modifications such as fitment of SU Carburettors.

This is without a doubt one of the best handling and driving E-Type’s Pendine has come across, which is hardly surprising considering Richard Cresswell’s thousands of hours of highspeed testing!

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Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, their experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. James Mitchell: Having worked as Business Manager at the world’s leading historic car specialist for over a decade, James’s specialist knowledge is of post-war British sports and racing cars. He has a reputation for being one of the foremost authorities on early Jaguar E-Type’s. James is also the Senior Editor of Speed Age Books, a publishing company dedicated to the publication of bespoke, limited edition volumes on important cars and collections. Historical research is an increasingly important factor within the classic car market, making his specialist knowledge a great asset. James founded Pendine in 2014. Jonny Shears: Raised in and around classic cars, it was only natural for Jonny to pursue a career in the motor industry. Initially starting as an automotive photographer, Jonny helped build one of the country’s leading auction houses. As such, Jonny has been involved in the sale of a great breadth of significant cars, specialising in both the Porsche and Alfa Romeo marques. As an avid enthusiast and historic racer you will often find him at race meetings, either spanner in hand or piloting his Austin Healey Sprite.