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Record Creation: Entered on 27 November 2003.

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This was the 1961 Geneva Motor Show Car. JDHT

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2003-11-27 05:41:10 | Lofty writes:

Car reported to be presently
under restoration at GB Dönni Cars in Switzerland info@jaguarclassic.ch

2004-01-11 13:03:51 | pauls writes:

An artical, written in German, about the restoration of this car being restored in Switzerland is on line at

2004-03-11 09:44:37 | Paul Spurlock writes:

This car is mentioned in "The Jaguar E-Type" by Paul Skilleter. It was taken to Geneva as a demonstrator for the E-type's debute in 1961. Its believed that this is the very car that was on the showrrom floor. Its sister car 885002 was taken to Geneva as the press demonstrator.

2004-11-09 10:29:03 | pauls writes:

A reference to this car was found on the JDC website, partial text as follows:

December 2000 Restoration of 77 RW Begins [not 885005]
On immediate return from our annual autumnal slow-road trip to Geneva - this time with our E Type Register Chairman John Burton and Fred Lodge in tow, in order that JB could meet Pierre Pittet at his home in Vaud and closely examine Pierre's famous '61 Salon launch fixed-head (885005) - we were soon off up to Martin Robey's fine factory in Nuneaton. A large area of which is being taken to strip completely the first roadster (850003), registered 77 RW.

2005-03-13 11:32:47 | pauls writes:

Car was on display at the Geneve Motor Show 3/12/05. It was observed that some gaps were not fettled properly as well as should have been, the car was nice but not perfect.

2006-01-02 11:18:55 | Lofty writes:

Car was on display at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne for severals months during 2005. In December, the car was shown together with the brand new xk convertible and coupe at Jaguar Switzerland in Safenwil to invited guests.

2007-09-19 15:50:20 | Pekka T. writes:

I saw this car at Villa d'Este in 2006 and I thought it was VERY WELL restored, and not overrestored. It shows the imperfections created by Jaguar at the early stages of production. After all these were really prototypes, but they were given regular chassis numbers like Jaguar did and even sold to the public just like this one. This car had the bonnet safety catch broken (bent, twisted) already at the Geneva stand. The owner had a nice picture from 1961 with Sir William (& Lofty?) standing next to the car with the bonnet open and you could see the damaged catch. The thing that still puzzles me a bit is the ext. colour, I thought the coupés at the Geneva launch were Opal. Gunmetal and 77RW OTS British Racing Green (although very many early E-types, and even later S1 cars were in fact Opal. Dark Green that most people just THINK is BRG) but this one looks more like Opal. Silver Grey. Of course these are difficult in photos, just take a look at the different Opal. Dark Greens on this wonderful website. Does someone KNOW what colour this car is (and was in 1961)?

2007-09-20 15:38:31 | pauls writes:

I agree it does look like op silver gray. You've posed the question, maybe we'll get a confirmation eventually.

2008-04-08 23:57:15 | pauls writes:

There is a several page article about this car, its history and restoration in "Jaguar E-Type" Jaguar World Monthly magazine, a collection of previous articles printed in book form. ISBN 1-873098-74-X

2009-03-09 09:05:57 | Pekka T. writes:

Seen at Concourse Villa d'Este in April 2006 where it received an honorary prize.

2010-02-06 10:19:15 | Pete v writes:

The German oldtimer magazine Motor-Klassik has a multi-page article regarding the restoration in it's 02/2010 issue starting on pg 122. Source: www.motor-klassik.de/

2011-01-21 04:50:25 | Pekka T. writes:

another great article in German can be found at:


Fantastic pictures showing the prototype/pre-production body details, also pictures of the car when new in Geneva

2014-04-17 19:40:48 | pauls writes:

A great new document, in English, apparently prepared by its current owner presents virtually all known history.

2018-11-05 12:53:00 | pauls writes:

Georg, (Donni) mentions restoring the car at his shop in Switzerland in the November 2018 edition of the XK Gazette.

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