|3.8 Jaguar E-Type|
|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
|April 1961||Great Britain|
|1961||Opalescent Dark Green|
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Registered YRP 999
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2004-01-22 11:39:53 | pauls writes:
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850020 was reported to have been originally delivered to Birmingham.
2005-08-17 06:34:18 | Robert writes:
sold at Bonhams goodwood sale 6th Sep 2002 estimate £120000-£140000 hammer price incl prem £133500 Reg # YRP 999 year 1961 Cond 3
2005-08-30 07:49:57 | pauls writes:
Car to be at auction 9/05
Sale 12172 - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex 16 Sep 2005 at 10:00
Lot No: 134A
The ex-John Bekaert 'Autosport' Championship
1961 Jaguar E-Type Two-Seater Competition Roadster
Registration no. YRP 999
Chassis no. 850020
Engine no. 1650-9
The most attractive competition E-Type Jaguar is one of the first twenty flat-floor ‘E’ Types manufactured before the Coventry company’s assembly line was in full production. Such was the huge demand for the ‘E’ Type at the time of its launch that the first cars were only made available for purchase to suppliers or close friends of Jaguar Cars. William Lyons and ‘Lofty’ England of Jaguar very much encouraged initial owners to compete with their cars, and ‘YRP 999@ offered here was campaigned in an extensive series of club races through 1961-62, driven for owner Derek Wilkinson by John Bekaert, an extremely popular and capable driver of the time, already well-known for his exploits in HWM and Lister-Jaguar sports cars.
First owner Derek Wilkinson acquired ‘YRP 999’ new on July 25, 1961. After its energetic racing career in the hands of John Bekaert, the car passed to fellow enthusiast John Woolfe for 1963-64, Woolfe becoming well-known in later years for his Woolferace wheels project and 7-litre competition Cobra. It is believed that Woolfe was responsible for the Le Mans style tank, extensive use of aluminium panelling and other modifications including adoption of the ‘D’ Type chronometric tachometer.
After use by “a successful businessman who owned launderettes in South Kensington”, the car was acquired in March 1969 by Terry McGrath who ran D-Type, Connaught, Crossley and Lola T70 cars under the Concross Racing Team Banner. ‘YRP’ was green when purchased and it was repainted dark blue. Mr. McGrath has confirmed that at the time the rear discs were cooled by a vertical slot in front of the rear wheel arches and the car had already been fitted with the long-distance alloy factory Le Mans fuel tank, with filler cap mounted in the boot lid as it still is today.
Bob Vincent bought the car that November, and his mechanical modifications (confirmed by Martin Ryan, who frequently raced the car during Mr. Vincent’s ownership) included lowered and stiffened suspension, modified brakes ducted both to the boot lid vents and to the rear wheel arches via an alloy tower over the rear axle (now missing), and the modified tail treatment with increased underside rake to reduce lift. The rear number plate recess was also faired over, since the car was seldom used on the road.
In 1971, Bob Vincent had ‘YRP’ resprayed signal red and Martin Ryan then bought it purely for competition use, campaigning it widely, and successfully. During 1972, he returned it to HSCC specification by reducing amongst other things the flared wheel arches. At this time it was still fitted with 6,800-rpm 3.8-litre engine.
In 1973, Martin Johnson bought the car, which Mr. Ryan continued to race. A modified 4.2-litre head was fitted to the 3.8 block. On August 14, 1974, ‘YRP’ passed to collector Alexander Boswell in whose hands it lay unraced for five years until 1980 when it was acquired by Mr. T. White and his brother-in-law, Mr. A. Crossingham, who began lengthy restoration. The bodywork was resprayed as original in opalescent green and the rear number plate recess fairing was removed. In 1991, the current vendor acquired the car, restoration still incomplete. ‘YRP’ received new carpets, re-leathered original seats, renewed suede green leather interior trim, except for the windscreen pillars where the original leather cloth inserts were retained and a horn was added for road use.
Since 1993, Lynx Motors have taken over the remaining work, instructed not to change any original parts or period modifications unless required. This year has seen a complete mechanical rebuild by Lynx, an additional rear axle ratio of 3.77 being added to the existing 3.51 diff. A completely new 3.8-litre engine was manufactured to produce 350bhp in order to make the car both more competitive and to preserve the 1969 engine in its historic specification. The alloy wheels originally supplied by Jaguar for Lightweight ‘2 GXO’ were purchased to replace the competition wires which had been the hallmark of the car for most of its racing life. The cost of this recent rebuild has been in excess of £80,000.
In the last ten years ‘YRP’ has been campaigned carefully and regularly at a number of senior events, including the Silverstone Historic Festival twice and both the Donington 35th and 40th anniversary E-Type races – David Piper, driver of ‘YRP’ at Donington, was most enthusiastic about the car’s handling and originality. It was also invied to attend the 30th anniversary for E-Types in 1991 at Donington and the Goodwood Revival last year. Now, a highly competitive E-Type ‘YRP’ will be driven in the August Gold Cup Meeting at Oulton Park by Jackie Oliver.
Estimate: £170,000 to 230,000
2006-03-03 20:21:09 | pauls writes:
Car returns to auction 2/06
International Historic Motorsport Show
Bonhams, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Lot Number 347
Hammer Price £120000
Hammer Price (inc premium) £135300
Chassis number 850020
Engine number 1650-9
Same description as above auction entry.
2006-11-02 09:56:04 | pauls writes:
Car offered at:
Same description as above, asking price £189,000.
2006-11-02 09:57:38 | pauls writes:
More info from:
1961- Purchased By Derek Wilkinson directly from Lofty England- Derek’s company supplied parts to Jaguar and the new E Type replaced a Lola MK1. The car was give to good friend John Bekeart.
1963-8 Three owners- John Woolfe who we believe installed the Le Mans tank and extensive use of Aluminium panels. The car then passed to a businessman in South Ken.
1969- Terry Mc Grath- He has recently confirmed that the aluminium panels and fuel tank were present when he bought the car.
1969-71- Bob Vincent- Bob was one of the first to race E Types in 1961 and further developed YRP999
1971- Martin Ryan- Martin campaigned the car extensively- The car was timed on the Goodwood straight at 168 mph! The car was raced in numerous races.
1973- Martin Johnson- Owner of a Ferrari GTO he continued to allow Martin Ryan to drive the car until he sold the car (and chassis 850016) to collecterAlexander Boswell.
1974 – Alexander Boswell- Alexander was a fellow racer and had raced against YRP 999 in the previous year.
1979- T White/ Anthony Crossingham – Anthony was a well known car dealer mainly in original Listers and D Types- They both set about restoring the car.
1991 Charles Good- Continued the cars restoration, mainly with Lynx motors . In 2002 the car received an £80,000 rebuild with LYNX.
2006- Current owner- Full engine rebuild.
2011-08-18 11:56:25 | Jim writes:
This car can be seen competing in 2010's Goodwood Revival RAC TT Race here:
2012-12-17 17:23:53 | Gaël writes:
2014-05-04 03:29:13 | John Elmgreen writes:
October 1998: Jaguar Enthusiast, UK club magazine, p 8: Short article re this car racing again having been mechanically overhauled by Lynx Motors International of St Leonards-On-Sea.
2014-06-01 18:28:17 | pauls writes:
Feb. 2001 Jaguar World states the car was supplied to Brian Wilkinson of Brian Wilkinson Safety Devices, Birmingham. Reg. YRP999.
2015-07-21 13:01:07 | pauls writes:
History of the car as provided by DK Engineering listed above as DK.
First owner Derek Wilkinson acquired "YRP 999" (chassis #850020) in early 1961. The car was driven for Derek by John Bekaert, an extremely popular and capable driver of the time, already well-known for his exploits in HWM and Lister-Jaguar sports cars. "YRP999" car is not only one of the very earliest cars built but also one of the very first E-Types to have been raced from new and was even entered into the very first race that any E-Type took part in at Oulton Park in 1961 (a race that the car did not start but was won by the famous ECD 400).
After its energetic racing career in the hands of John Bekaert, the car passed to fellow enthusiast John Woolfe for 1963-64, Woolfe becoming well-known in later years for his Woolferace wheels project and 7-litre competition Cobra. It is believed that Woolfe was responsible for a Le Mans style tank, extensive use of aluminium panelling and other modifications including adoption of the 'D' Type chronometric tachometer helping bring the car to early semi lightweight specification.
In March 1969 "YRP 999" was purchased by Terry McGrath who ran a D-Type, Connaught, Crossley and a Lola T70 under the Concross Racing Team Banner. "YRP 999" was still in its green livery when purchased and it was repainted dark blue. Mr. McGrath has confirmed that at the time the rear discs were cooled by some interesting unique vertical slots in front of the rear wheel arches and the car had already been fitted with the long-distance alloy factory Le Mans fuel tank with filler cap mounted in the boot lid.
Bob Vincent bought the car that November, and his mechanical modifications in addition to the extensive items already carried out (confirmed by Martin Ryan, who frequently raced the car during Mr. Vincent's ownership) included lowered and stiffened suspension, modified brakes ducted both to the boot lid vents and to the rear wheel arches via an alloy tower over the rear axle, and the modified tail treatment with increased underside rake to reduce lift. In 1971, Bob Vincent had "YRP 999" resprayed signal red and Martin Ryan then bought it purely for competition use, campaigning it widely, and successfully. During 1972, he returned it to HSCC specification by reducing amongst other things the flared wheel arches.
In 1973, Martin Johnson bought the car, which Mr. Ryan continued to race. In 1974, "YRP 999" passed to the collector Alexander Boswell in whose hands it lay unraced for five years until 1980 when it was acquired by Mr. T. White and his brother-in-law, Mr. A. Crossingham, who began lengthy restoration. The bodywork was resprayed as original in opalescent green but in 1991 when Charles Good acquired the car, the restoration was still incomplete. "YRP 999" received its finishing touches and was made road useable by Lynx Motors under the instruction, "not to change any original parts or period modifications unless required". Between 1995 and 2005 "YRP 999" was campaigned carefully and regularly at a number of senior events, including the Silverstone Historic Festival twice and both the Donington 35th and 40th anniversary E-Type races.
"YRP 999" came into the care of the current custodian approximately seven years ago. It has been continuously (but sympathetically to retain its original charm) maintained by Martin Stretton to make the car absolutely on the button and race ready. The result is a car that whilst it retains a great deal of charm and unique features it is a front running car and a regular contender at the best events such as the Goodwood Revival. To say the preparation has been at no expense spared would be an understatement right down to the latest specification Crosthwaite & Gardner engine (the period engine remains with the car but not fitted to preserve it). The owner has enjoyed many two driver races with friends and guest drivers and most recently shared the car at the Goodwood Revival in the TT race with John Cleland in 2012 - its sixth TT in the last seven years!
Today the car retains many desirable period features and unique modifications that have over the years brought it to its current specification. "YRP 999" was in period and has always been a regular and competitive contender at some of the most famous race meetings there are; a trend that must continue.
"YRP 999" represents a unique opportunity to acquire a significant race-ready part of E-Type history.
2019-11-03 13:52:47 | pauls writes:
Car offered at:
We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptional 1961 Pre-Production Jaguar E-type Competition Roadster with its original registration YRP999.This is one of the first 20 Jaguar E-types produced and was a competition car from the start. YRP999s ownership history is all documented (see the history images with more detail below) and correct as is its 1970ies race history. This well known FIA semi-lighweight E-type racer has always been maintained with no expense spared and is sold in race-ready condition with fresh paint. The installed engine is a wide-angle steel block engine running on Weber carburettors with low hours. The car has been fully gone through and is ready for the 2019 race season. It is running with a replacement aluminium bonnet but the original and unique looking bonnet comes separate with the car as does the original hardtop. Other spares are 2 sets of wheels and running spares. Last but not least, there is also a Crosswaith & Gardiner wide-angle alu block race engine available at additional cost.YRP999 comes with current FIA HTP papers valid until 31/12/2025. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine, as early as you can get Jaguar E-type FIA Semi-lightweight competition Roadster with excellence provenance and a multiple Goodwood TT participant! ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.