Jaguar Coombs E-Type GT

John Coombs is perhaps most well-known in the Jaguar world for his ability to fine-tune Jaguar MKII’s through his large and successful dealership in Guildford, England. With race experience in various single-seat Connaughts and Coopers, he combined race-proven engineering with weight-reducing techniques to spectacular effect. His innovative work with Saloon cars eventually led to the development of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, which is perhaps his greatest contribution to Jaguar.

The unique motor car offered here was the brainchild of John Coombs. In 1965, he commissioned Frua to re-design a red FHC E-Type (1E21041). His engineers enhanced performance by polishing the engine ports, fitting a Continental back axle ratio, adding wider stove enameled wheels, fitting a lightweight flywheel and improving the suspension. Then the car was shipped to Turin based designer Pietro Frua to modify the body. Among other projects, Frua was responsible for Maserati’s A6G and 3500 GT, the unique BMW 3000 of 1967 and various Monteverdis. The end result was unmistakably recognizable as an E-Type, and Coombs planned to market the Frua E-Type as a special model.

For this E-Type, a completely revised nose was the most obvious design change, and the bonnet was completely re-manufactured and shortened by around 15 cm with further concessions made to the rear – over 20 cm in total. In addition, Perspex covers, similar to the Ferrari 275 GTB, were added as well as a new front grille and heavy chrome front bumpers. In the rear, a one-piece bumper replaced the original quarter bumpers. The power bulge on the hood was replaced by an air-scoop, and the front wheel arches were enlarged which increased the car's cooling considerably. On each side of the scoop, two grilles were fitted on the hood as well.

265 hp, 4.2-litre inline six-cylinder engine, three SU carburetors, four-speed fully-synchronized manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96".

Source: RM Auctions

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