The H&H Classics
sale at Buxton on April 10th offers two stunning examples of the best of British sports motoring which spans three decades a 1963 E-Type Jaguar Roadster for £50,000 to £60,000 and a 1935 AC 16/66 Drophead Coupe for £30,000 to £35,000.
The 1935 E-Type was built to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-Type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar. This car has been sensibly upgraded and used extensively for UK and continental touring. It was originally supplied by Ritchies of Glasgow.
This is a UK RHD matching chassis and engine numbers car with Heritage Certificate, EZ Electric Power steering which can be adjusted for weighting by turning a button inside the car, a five speed gearbox and an aluminium radiator, upgraded brakes, and extra cooling fans. The car has been in the same ownership for the last 15 years and has a green logbook. It was treated to an extensive restoration whilst in its current ownership.
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breath-taking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Early sport scar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation.
Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities.
Its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
This charming 1935 AC Drophead Coupe has been in its current ownership since 2001 and has been used extensively for UK and European Tours. The car features full weather equipment, an hydraulic brake conversion, alternator and spin on oil filter conversion and a Kenlowe electric fan.
AC, one of the longest surviving manufacturers of quality vehicles in Britain, produced some wonderful cars over the years. They started in business as tricycle manufacturers some ninety years ago and although they have had various problems along the way, they are still here - which is more than can be said for a lot of the others. It is worth noting that in the 1920's there were some 380 car manufacturers in Britain - in 1995 only ten remained; four were still in British ownership, and just two were independent. AC was one of those.
Significant engine and other works have been carried out on this car by TT workshops in Wiltshire. There is a comprehensive history file with restoration invoices and a buff logbook.