Fabled Factory Development E-Type to be Offered in RM Sotheby’s London Auction

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupé (Credit – Dirk De Jager ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's) (678)



  • 6162 RW: Ex-press and development E Type Coupe to be offered in London sale on 31st October 2020
  • The 10th production coupe built and driven in period by Norman Dewis and Paul Frère
  • Featured in numerous important period press road-tests, including Motoring News, Auto Motor und Sport
  • Participated as a press car in the 1962 Tour de France
  • Sold via Coombs of Guildford into private ownership
  • Concours-winning restoration by renowned marque expert
  • Sale to also feature Allard JR Le Mans Roadster Continuation, chassis no. 3408, created by the Allard family to the JR’s period-correct 1953 Le Mans 24 Hour specification

LONDON, ENGLAND – September 22, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Following a successful series of North American-based auctions, RM Sotheby’s is delighted to be returning to Europe with its annual London auction this October. Returning for its 14th year in 2020, the London auction has firmly established itself as a key date in RM Sotheby’s auction calendar and is being held this year as an Online Only auction with a live auction component in partnership with the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Set to be an incredible weekend of celebration for the British classic car community, the auction house is delighted to present a historically significant 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe as the first headline consignment.

The 10th production Fixed Head Coupe built and sporting a diverse early history, the E-Type known by its registration number, 6162 RW, was retained by Jaguar as one of three press and development vehicles. In the hands of legendary test driver, Norman Dewis, the car was used for extensive high-speed testing and suspension evaluation and benefited from a number of modifications to enhance its refinement. Amongst the adaptations made by the Jaguar engineers in-period and retained on the car today is a split-level floor, which was lowered on the right-hand side but remained as-built on the left. Inside, the innovative alterations continued with revised ventilation to divert heat from the engine away from the occupants, a revised 3.07:1 gear ratio for better long-distance touring, as well as new seats to suit taller drivers, repositioned pedals and a recessed rear bulkhead.

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupé (Credit – Dirk De Jager ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)(1) 6162 RW as seen during the 1962 Tour De France, where it was driven as a press car by Andrew Whyte

6162 RW most notably appeared in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport where it featured being piloted at the iconic Monza circuit by Belgian racing driver and journalist, Paul Frère. Prepared from the factory to competition standard, the 6162 RW was easily capable of beating the top speed of the standard production E-Type. On the Italian Autostrada, Frère hit 256 kph, which was later matched in a feature written by English magazine, Motoring News. According to information found within the archives of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, 6162 RW was also used as a press car during the 1962 Tour de France by journalist Andrew Whyte, and a handful of photographs exist of him using the car in the snow across the Pyrenees.

The car was sold in November 1963 into private ownership through famed Jaguar retailer, Coombs of Guildford. In 2008, the E-Type’s owner and consignor entrusted to a marque specialist to undertake a comprehensive four-year restoration. No expense was spared in returning the historically significant E-Type to factory condition, with emphasis placed on preserving the car’s unique modifications. Finished in its original Opalescent Dark Green and retaining its original, upgraded engine, the restored 6162 RW has been hosted in a significant private collection in world-class condition (Est. £395,000 – £495,000).

“The Jaguar E-Type is an icon of automotive design and tightly woven into the fabric of British automotive history,” said Tonnie Van der Velden, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Quite simply, this historically significant example is amongst one of the very best E-Types in existence and has undoubtedly played a part in building the legacy that the model commands by enthusiasts and collectors all over the world. With 2021 marking the 60th anniversary of the E-Type, this exquisite car would be well received at any concours event, and we look forward to showcasing the car to interested bidders at the London auction.”

1953 Allard JR Le Mans Roadster Continuation (Credit – Matt Howell ©2020 Courtesy of the owner) 2006 Ford GT Roush 600 RE Heritage (Credit – Stephan Bauer ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)

Also joining the sale in London is a 1953 Allard JR Le Mans Roadster Continuation. Chassis no. 3408 is the eighth car built, created by hand in the UK by the original Allard family to the JR’s period-correct 1953 Le Mans 24 Hour specification. With just seven original JRs built between 1953 and 1955 and with Allard Motor Company having a revered history in road and track competitions, the JR continuation is based upon one of the rarest Le Mans entrants of the fifties and makes it an enticing prospect for motorsport and motoring fans alike. The JR Continuation comes complete with a race-prepped Cadillac 331 ci (5428cc) overhead valve V-8 (300 bhp at 4500 rpm) engine and optional, upgraded four-speed gearbox, under a hand-formed aluminium body (Est. £180,000 – £240,000).

Other early consignments include a stylish 2006 Ford GT Roush 600 RE Heritage in signature orange and light blue Gulf livery (Est. £250,000 – £300,000), a 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (Est. £120,000 – £160,000), and a 1928 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster (Est. £50,000 – £70,000).

Each car offered in the London auction will be presented with comprehensive photography and in most cases will be accompanied by condition reports completed by RM Sotheby’s specialists as well as catalogue descriptions. Where available, additional information on each lot, such as history files, production certificates, restoration documentation, service invoices, owner’s manuals, and accompanying parts can be viewed online.


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