|3.8 Jaguar E-Type|
|Fixed Head Coupe|
|Right Hand Drive|
|13 September 1961|
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2002-12-21 22:51:52 | Anonymous writes:
Racing car "CUT 7".
Bonhams & Brooks auction, 7/6/2001, lot #762. Sports Car Market report:
Good period UK race history with Dick Protheroe driving. Last restored in 1988. Caged, with fire system. Race winner at Donington in 2001. Nicely presented for action-ready racer.
2003-07-08 00:25:55 | Steven D. writes:
Pictures recently uploaded to Jag-lovers including nice close up of data plate allowing engine, gearbox, and body number to be added.
2004-08-13 19:05:13 | pauls writes:
This car is also mentioned in Chris Harvey's book "E type end of an Era" on page 44. An excerpt from the text:
The tale of 63 CJU, a grey-green fixed head coupe, is typical of the E types. It is believed to be the car that rolled off the production line to be registered CUT 7 by one Elmer Richard (Dick) Protheroe. Its chassis number was 860004, the fourth fixed head to be produced, and it would seem that Protheroe, who had campaigned an old XK in club racing for years, was held in high regard by the Works. He was one of the first private customers to get an E type.
He took delivery of CUT 7 with a production D type head and cams, triple 45 DCOE Weber carburetters and competition wide rim wire wheels. Somebody ag Jaguar's must have known what the garage proprietor fro Husbands Bosworth, Leichestershire, was going to do with his gleaming new coupe. They obviously considered that the well proven D type head was a better boost for power than modified versions of the ultimately more effficient straight port head used on standard E types.
2004-09-29 17:59:20 | pauls writes:
The 1/77 issue of Ejag magazine mentiones that this car was originally sold by Stugess. Also that the registration was changed to 636 CJU from CUT 7.
2004-11-19 07:59:10 | Anonymous writes:
For sale at H&H car auctions in the UK on Feb 26th 2005. Estimate £275,000 to £325,000.
2004-11-23 06:51:23 | pauls writes:
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2005-08-17 05:44:42 | Robert writes:
additional info to 5th jly 2001 sale estimate £180000-£200000 no sale Reg # 636 CJU Engine # R1103-9 Cond 1
2008-10-03 05:09:32 | Mike writes:
Some understandable confusion here with respect to some off the photos added. Some actually are the low drag coupe chassis no EC1001. Two completly different cars, both however carried the registration CUT 7 during their time with Protheroe. I understand niether car presently has the rights to CUT 7. 860004 was the original CUT 7 which Protheroe moved to the low drag car.
2009-08-27 16:02:54 | Martin R writes:
EC1001 has for a number of years been entitled to CUT 7 reg no. and has V5 etc. Mike is correct in saying both cars carried CUT 7 . Dick Protheroe moved it several times to different cars. It was Paul Vestey who reunited the no. with EC1001 .
2009-09-01 18:13:10 | pauls writes:
Link to EC1001:
2011-04-07 12:30:37 | John colley writes:
I believe that this car was bought from Rosemary Protheroe after Dick was killed at Oulton Park by Geoff Hodgson who ran a garage in Vale Road Rhyl, they specialised in unusual cars and were Lotus agents. Geoff raced a Chevron B8 and is still active occasionally at Aintree track days. I think he bought and sold it twice the last time to Brian Whitehead (Blue Grotto Hotel Kinmel Bay), this would be about 1967. It certainly had the competition wires, triple webers and was very low. My pal Terry Barks was to set it up for Brian. Soon after Brian was driving outside Chester towards Manchester one day when a Ford Consul turned right across him near Tarvin and he T boned it. The car was in Henlys, City Road. Chester and I believe ended up with Luton Panelcraft in Bedfordshire.
2011-04-09 04:53:59 | Colin Pearcy writes:
I owned this car and restored it on about 2000.Sadly it had been converted into a wide wheel-arched pure race car rather than being left how Dick protheroe raced it.Mike Moore purchased the wreckage from Luton Panelcraft and eventually re-shelled it.I still have a picture of it after the Manchester accident and before it was re-shelled.I did the Tour Auto in it along with CUT 8 and also raced it at Goodwood.The best result I had with it was a race win at Donington Park where I narrowly beat Gerry Marshall who was driving a Cobra in thr first Top Hat race.I sold it to Nick Whale another BRDC member who co-drove with me at Goodwood.I saw it last year again at Goodwood and it was still just as I resored it.It needs converting back to 1962 race specification in my opinion and regretably i did not do that.I still have its original steering wheel with tape wrapped over the spokes where the aluminium joins the wood rim!
2011-09-21 21:54:42 | Brian Whitehead writes:
Yes I bought 636 CJU from Geoff Hodgson in 1967, this was the first CUT 7 that Dick Protheroe raced until I think 1963, he then sold it to a Clive Castle as a road car. I have quite a lot of correspondence between Dick and Clive re. the sale including the spec. and some letters to and from Jaguars, including one from Sir William.
He then purchased another E from Jaguars in Meccano No 10 format! CUT 7 no.2 which he rolled at Snetterton but quickly rebuilt it and raced this for another year or so.
Dick then aquired the Low Drag from Jaguars CUT 7 no.3, but what became of no.2 I don't know.
Colin you say that Mike Moore bought the wreck from Luton Panelcraft and re shelled it, but when and who had hacked it about. I would be interested in any further info. and photos you could let me have. Geoff H did tell me who had bought the car at auction in 2005 but I've forgotten and is it still owned by him?
2021-04-06 14:54:45 | pauls writes:
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Former RAF pilot Dick Protheroe was no stranger to the Jaguar brand. Stationed in Egypt in 1952, Protheroe acquired his first Jaguar, an aluminium bodied XK120 which he modified and campaigned before returning to England in 1953. Two further XK’s would follow, the final one bearing the registration ‘CUT 6’. Upon leaving the RAF, Protheroe followed his passion and started a Jaguar & Austin dealership called County Motors, out of which he based his small but competitive race team.
Chassis Number ‘860004’, was the fourth right-hand drive fixed-head E-type produced by Jaguar at the famous Brown’s Lane factory in Coventry. Painted in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey with dark blue interior trim, it was aptly delivered to Protheroe on 13thSeptember 1961 by Jaguar Dealer, Sturgess of Leicester. Robin Sturgess had a close affinity to the marque having raced XK’s, C-type, D-type and E-types successfully for many years.
Protheroe and his apprentice mechanics, Bill Cotterill and Pat Wells immediately set about modifying and developing the new E-type for competition use. The engine was modified to run D-type specification wide-angle heads and Weber carburettors, uprated brakes and improved suspension. Often seen testing on the runway at Bruntingthorpe, Protheroe registered his new E-type ‘CUT 7’ and painted its nose pale blue in a nod to one of his first race cars – a Bugatti Type 37.
‘CUT 7’ was campaigned extensively throughout the 1962 season. With victories at Mallory Park, Silverstone, Crystal Palace and Snetterton, Protheroe had his eyes set on securing the Autosport National Championship for Production Sports Cars, and with just one retirement in 10 outings, he won the Over 3-litre class.
A particular highlight was the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy. Protheroe lined up on the grid amongst some of the toughest competition he had faced, including works Ferrari 250 GTO’s, Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato’s and factory-supported Jaguar E-types. With a driver line up including Innes Ireland, Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and David Piper, Protheroe and ‘CUT 7’ would finish a very credible 6thoverall.
Despite Protheroe’s many successes during the 1962 season, he knew that he needed to try and stay ahead of his competitors hence his decision to acquire another E-type, this time in component form, and return his first E-type to road specification. That car was duly road registered as ‘636 CJU’ and returned to fast-road trim before being sold to make way for his new self-built E-type.
Advertised by Protheroe as ‘The fastest and lightest E-type FHC in existence’, the Jaguar was sold to Clive Castle from London. The history file contains numerous letters between Protheroe and Castle discussing the road going specification that Protheroe was to return the Jaguar to prior to Castle taking delivery at his home in London. The E-type changed ownership three more times during the next thirty years all of which is documented. ‘CUT 7’ was then owned by renowned Jaguar racer – John Young followed by Colin Pearcy.
In 2000, Nick Whale acquired the FHC to use in historic events before selling to Paul Drayson (latterly Baron Drayson) who had embarked on dovetailing some historic racing with his commitments in the American Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Acquired by the current owner in 2013, the decision was made to return the car to its correct Protheroe livery with Bugatti blue nose band. Race preparation and maintenance were entrusted to E-type devotees, Valley Motorsport. ‘CUT 7’ has since been a regular and competitive entrant at the Goodwood Revival RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration race – a highlight of the historic race calendar.
Accompanied by valid HTP Papers, history files and spares package, ‘CUT 7’ is a highly significant and eligible Jaguar E-type that deserves to have its illustrious racing history continued.