By 1960 Jaguar had officially withdrawn from directly sponsoring a racing team. Instead, they put the fame and fortune into the hands of some carefully selected privateers such as Briggs Cunningham, Tommy Sopwith and John Coombes. With Le Mans success a not too distant memory, Jaguar cars continued to vie for the ultimate endurance prize until 1964 with moderate success. Prototype race cars were dominating the headlines in endurance racing and Jaguar's answer, the XJ13 came too late. They did succeed in touring car racing, with the Mk2's dominating both British and European touring car races. E-Type drivers were on the podium for wins at scores of club and supporting sports car races in both Europe and the USA. The last big racing push for Jaguar was with the XJC, but a lack of funding from British Leyland for its development caused that great touring car to never realize its true potential. This era was however, the dawn before great racing victories yet to come.


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Early 1960's - The Mk2's & Touring Car Domination
1960 Mk2 3.8: Bernard Consten and Jack Renel drove their Mk2 to a 1st place finish at the 1960 Tour de France. While Jaguar was not actively racing, they did maintain a competitions department, which assisted private teams such as Consten's (and with good result!) This car was factory prepared.
Model by IXO 1/43
1960 Mk2 3.8: The pair of Consten and Renell teamed up once more and again won the Tour de France in 1961. France was/is a big market for Jaguar and success in the Tour, while not as prestigious as Le Mans, was very important for Jaguar none the less.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1960 Mk2 3.8: Another version of the 1961 TdF car of Consten/Renell. Bernard Consten won four successive Tours for Jaguar in his famous white cars.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43

1960 Mk2 3.8: With its 3.8 six-cyl. engine, the Mk2 was a powerful competitor in sedan racing in the early 60's, picking up where the 3.4L Mk1 left off. Private teams such as Equipe Endeavor which entered this car in the 1961 Silverstone race for Jack Sears, had great success for Jaguar in the British Saloon Car Championship (later BTCC) where the Mk2 dominated. Sears finished second in this race on the GP weekend.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1960 Mk2 3.8: Probably the most successful private team racing Mk2's, was that of John Coombs. Coombs incorporated race-proven engineering modifications that made the 3.8 liter MKII sedan not just considerably faster, but smoother, less stressed, and totally reliable. Documented Coombs cars are much sought after today. This car BUY 12, is one of the most famous and was driven by Hill, Salvadori and others to many wins.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1960 Mk2 3.8: Tommy Sopwith's Equipe Endeavor employed Stirling Moss to drive their Mk2 entry at the Silverstone GT race in 1960 (first major race for the Mk2). Moss finished 2nd to Salvadori in a Coombs Mk2, in what was a great rivalry between the two teams for the 1960-62 seasons. Moss would retire from racing in 1962, following a terrible accident and this was his last competition drive in a Jaguar before retirement.
Model by DEL PRADO 1/43

1960 Mk2 3.8: JAG 400 again, this time wearing #36 as Jack Sears drove the car in the Fordwater Trophy Race at Goodwood in 1960 for Tommy Sopwith's Equipe Endeavor. Sears finished third behind Roy Salvadori in the Coombs Mk2, both cars behind the the Mk2's being beaten by Stirling Moss in the Equipe Endeavor Aston Martin DB4.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1964 Mk2 3.8: Down under, touring car racing was just as popular as it was in Europe. Bob Jane was the great Aussie driver of Jaguars in the 60's who dominated all competition. Jane was successful in developing his cars to produce maximum performance and handling (over 300 hp!) and is truly a legend in Jaguar racing.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1963 Mk2 3.8: Mk2's were used extensively in club racing in the 60's and 70's and are still active today in historic racing in Britain. In 1963, Jackie Stweart drove Hugh Patrick's Mk2 at Charter Hall, a former RAF airbase which was one of the few racing circuits in Scotland.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43 (modified)

1963 Mk2 3.8 'Monza': Sponsored by Castrrol Oils, the aim was to set new international records, by averaging over 100 mph for a week. Geoff Duke, John Bekaert, Andrew Hedges, Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent drove the record attempt in March 1963. The centrifugal force and poor surface of the Monza circuit took its toll and they broke two axles, dashing the hope of the week record as they ran out of time. However, they did set four International Class C records, averaging 106.62 mph over four days.
Model by SMTS 1/43

1960 Mk2 3.8: Roy Salvadori driving a Coombs prepared Mk2, beat Stirling Moss in the Equipe Endeavor Mk2 at Silverstone in 1960 for the National GT race. It was a hotly contested race with Moss the favorite, this was the first major race for the Mk2's. Salvadori drove for Coombs in many GT races with great success, including the Forwater Trophy race at Goodwood. Colin Chapman also drove this Mk2 to victory in 1960 at the Silverstone GP support race for GT cars.
Model by VITESSE 1/43

The E-Type Era
1960 E2A: The E2A was created by Jaguar as a racing prototype which bridged the gap between the D-Type and the E-Type. There were new elements such as IRS and aluminum 3.0L engine to meet current regulation, producing close to 300 bhp, which distanced it from the D-Type. Briggs Cunningham entered the E2A at Le Mans and Dan Gurney and Walt Hansgen drove. Fuel injection woes sidelined the car, but not before Gurney turned the fastest lap.
Model by MERIT/HYMAN 1/24
1960 E2A: After Le Mans, Cunningham brought the E2A to America for the racing season here and fitted with a larger 3.8L engine. Although it won at Bridgehampton, the E2A was not designed for most shorter USA sprint races. Jack Brabham drove the E2A at Riverside to 10th place where he did a creditable job of making the heavier E2A competitive gainst the lighter weight competition. Bruce McLaren drove the car in its last race at Laguna Seca, where he could only manage 12th.
Model by CONTACT 1/43
1960 E2A: Dan Gurney tied Masten Gregory in a Maserati for fastest lap at Le Mans in 1960, with a average speed of 123.4 mph. The E2A while havier than the D-Type was fast with a top speed of 158 mph, from the 3.0L six-cylinder fuel-injected engine (290 bhp). Fuel-injection dashed the hopes of victory as a split injection pipe caused burnt pistons and then head gasket failure at in the 10th hour. Ultimately, the E2A ended up being a decoy from Jaguar's big racing project, the XJ13.
Model by SPARK 1/43
SPECIAL NOTE: The E2A model here was built from a Merit D-Type kit and modified by a young enthusiastic teenager named Art Hyman when the E2A was new. I had the opportunity to buy the model from Art recently and his work of over 50 years ago is being preserved in our collection not only as a tribute to the car, but as a tribute to Art, a great auto and racing enthusiast!

1961 E-Type OTS: Roy Salvadori drove this car to a creditable 4th place at the Goodwood Tourist Trophy race in 1962, behind three Ferrari GTO's. Owned by John Coombs, it is the prototype of the lightweight E-Types and employed alloy panels, center section and top. Graham Hill was the principal test driver of the E-Type race cars, but drove Coombs GTO (2nd) in the TT race.
Model by BEST
1961 E-Type OTS: Equipe Endeavor, along with Coombs, were the first teams to embark on racing the E-Type in basically production trim. ECD400, one of the most famous racing E-Types, was entered for Graham Hill at the 1961 Brands Hatch where Hill finished in 3rd place. It was common for the top drivers of the day to race in supporting events and series between F1 races. Hill did much of the development testing on the racing E-type.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1961 E-Type OTS: Ken Baker drove his E-type (7CXW) to many wins in club and minor races In England. He is considered the most successful E-Type club racer in the UK. He also did well against stiff competition such as the factory Aston Martin effort beating them at Oulton Park in '62.
Model by CORGI 1/43

1962 E-Type FHC: Fixed Head Coupes (FHC) were campaigned from the beginning and were often favored for their better aerodynamics, even though they were heavier than the OTS cars. This E-Type is typical of the cars raced as new and currently in vintage events. This car was raced by Pietro Silva and Tiziana Borghi to 1st place on the 1988 Targa Florio retro,
Model by BEST 1/43
1962 E-Type FHC: The John Coundley/Maurice Charles FHC was also entered as a private entry by Charles at Le Mans in 1962. Unfortunately, poor preparation resulted in a DNF, described by Coundley as the worst racing experience of his life.
Model by BEST 1/43
1962 E-Type Lightweight FHC: The introduction of the E-Type brought Jaguar back to sports car racing with a true GT car. As with saloon car racing, factory support and assistance was given to select teams. Briggs Cunningham was one such team. The Cunningham/Salvadori driven coupe finished in 4th place, a heavily modified FHC developing 296 hp, it was a precursor to the light weight cars yet to come.
Model by BOX 1/43

1962 E-Type Lightweight FHC: Another more detailed version of the Cunningham coupe from Le Mans in 1962. The lightweight coupes had modified versions of the 3.8L Jaguar XK engine. Cunningham's car was prepared by the factory and took the class win, scoring Jaguar another victory at Le Mans.2
Model by KYOSHO 1/43
1962 E-Type Lightweight FHC: Peter Sargent enterd his lightweight coupe at Le Mans in 1962. Paired with Peter Lumsden, they finished 5th overall, just behind the Cunningham E-Type Coupe. This car was a low-line converted roadster. A broken engine mount allowed the Cunningham entry to get by for the class win.
Model by BEST 1/43
1962 E-Type Lightweight FHC: Dick Protheroe heavily modified one of the first E-Type coupes by expanding the engine to 4.0L, brakes and suspension. He was very successful in National and International races with the E-Type. He finished 6th at the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1962 behind the Ferrari GTO's which finished 1-2-3, the Coombs E-Type in 4th and another GTO in 5th.
Model by BOX 1/43
1963 E-Type : Our friend Bill Hapgood raced an E-Type similar to this one in vintage racing during the 1980's. Bill was part of our Purple Lips Racing Team and he was very quick in what was basically a stock E-Type. Bill bled the brakes on the E-Type before every race, making some close calls to being late for pre-grid. The car was sold off to a racer in Virginia and hope its still seeing track time today!
Model by BEST 1/43

1963 E-Type Lightweight: In early 1963 Jaguar announced the 'Competition E', which quickly also became known as the "Lightweight E-Type". Twelve were constructed and three went to Briggs Cunningham and all were entered at Le Mans. E-Type 850659 is one of those cars and this is how the car looked as it raced at Le Mans in 1963 and despite an accident, it finished 9th with Bob Grossman and Briggs Cunningham.
Model by BEST 1/43
1963 E-Type Lightweight: The Lightweights were constructed with aluminium monocoque , alloy engine block and fuel injection. Power from the 3.8L engine was 300 bhp. While Le Mans was a poor showing by the team, the Cunningham cars had class wins at Daytona, Sebring and Road America
Model by REVELL 1/32
1963 E-Type Lightweight : The hope of Jaguar, was that the Lightweight E-Types would successfully challenge the GTO Ferrari's at Le Mans. Attrition and the tendency of the front end to lift at speed cut short those hopes as the remaining car struggled to finish, three GTO's finished ahead of the Grossman/Cunningham car. This car driven by Roy Salvadori and Paul Richards failed to finish due to an accident in the 6th hour.
Models by BEST 1/43

1963 E-Type Lightweight: Briggs Cunningham was persuaded to enter a team of three lightweight E-Types in the GT category at Le Mans in 1963. Walt Hansgen and Augie Pabst teamed up in this car. Unfortunately they retired after 8 hours due to gearbox problems.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1963 E-Type Lightweight: The race in 1963 was Cunningham's last run at Le Mans as a driver and as an entrant. Cunningham and Bob Grossman were as high as 7th place in this car before a crash at the end of the Mulsanne straight and subsequent repairs dropped them to a 9th place finish.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1963 E-Type Lightweight: An accident in the 6th hour of the race at Le Mans race in 1963 took Roy Salvadori and Paul Richards out of the race. A part of the car did finish though, as part of its bonnet was grafted onto the #15 car so that car could continue on in the race.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1963 E-Type Lightweight : Chassis No. S850660 was the third lightweight built of twelve and delivered to Kjell Qvale, the West Coast distributor for Jaguar. It was raced at Sebring where it finished 7th over all and first in class with Ed Leslie and Frank Morrill driving.
Model by REVELL 1/32
1963 & 1964 E-Type Lightweights : Slot car versions of the great lightweight E-Type Jaguars that race on at Old Irish Racing's Rugby Raceway! Notice the much more aerodynamic look of the silver 1964 Low Drag Coupe.
Models by REVELL 1/32
1963 E-Type Lightweight : Shortly after completing the 1963 race season, the car was sold and disappeared until 1999. The car was "rediscovered" having sat for 35 years in a garage under boxes, with only 2,663 miles since new.

1963 Lister-Jaguar Le Mans Coupé : The intrepid duo of Peter Sargeant and Peter Lumsden drove this Costin bodied coupe in the Experimental class at Le Mans in 1963. Powered by a fuel-injected Jaguar 3.8L DOHC six, which produced 306 bhp, this was a one-off space frame car with aluminium body. It showed promise, but retired after 4 hours with clutch problems. This car lent styling cues for the lightweight E-Types of 1964.
Model by GAMMA 1/43
1964 E-Type Low Drag Coupé : The first Lightweight E-Types were roadsters fitted with a hardtop, which wasn't the most aerodynamic. For the 1964 Le Mans race Jaguar engineer Malcolm Sawyer developed a new coupe body designed by Dr. Samir Klat, specifically designed for the long straights. These 'Low Drag Coupes' featured a completely new rear end, and also a slightly revised nose. This car was raced at Le Mans in 1964 by Germans Peter Lindner and Peter Nöcker, however they retired in the 16th hour with a blown head gasket.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1964 E-Type Low Drag Coupé : The second Jaguar at Le Mans in 1964, driven by the English team of Peter Sargent and Peter Lumsden had run as high as 5th before retiring after 80 laps with gearbox trouble. At Le Mans it ran a pronounced "Vanwall" type nose, which gave it better aerodynamics and a top speed of 174 mph. Unfortunately however, even the lightweight cars were too heavy and though on par, were just not as fast as their GT class rivals. These were the last XK engined Jaguars to run at Le Mans and the last Jaguars to run there for ten years.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1963 E-Type Lightweight
Model by BEST 1/43
1964 E- Type Low Drag Coupe
1964 E-Type Low Drag Coupé
Model by REVELL 1/32

1961 E-Type: One of the first E-Types to be entered into competition was Tommy Sopwith's Equipe Endeavor entry, ECD400. The car was driven on several occassions during the 1961 season by Graham Hill, with Hill winning the National Open at Oulton Park, giving the E-Type one of its first major wins. Besides, Hill, other drivers of note during the '61 season were Mike Parkes and Jack Sears. The 3.4L six-cylinder E-Type was put squarely and firmly on the racing map.
Model by BEST 1/43

XJ13 - What could have been...
1966 XJ13: The XJ13 was designed to race at Le Mans. However, before it could be constructed, regulations changed and the XJ13 was rendered obsolete for its intended purpose against the 7.0L GT40 Fords.. Only one car was built and it was almost destroyed in an accident during the filming of a publicity film for the introduction of the V12 E-Type in 1971 and gave Norman Dewis the ride of his life.
1966 XJ13: The aluminium body was designed by Malcolm Sayer, the aerodynamicist responsible for the Jaguar C-type, D-type, E-type and XJS. The prototype was tested at MIRA and at Silverstone, which confirmed that it would have required considerable development to make it competitive. The prototype was put into storage and no further examples were made. One of the best looking race cars ever!
Model by AUTOART 1/43
1966 XJ13: The XJ13 had mid-engine format with the 5.0 litre V12 engine mounted behind the driver, used as a stressed chassis member together with the five-speed manual ZF Transaxle driving the rear wheels. The engine design was essentially two XK 6-cylinder engines on a common crankshaft with an aluminium cylinder block, although there were differences in the inlet porting, valve angles and combustion chamber shape.
Model by AUTOART 1/18

1970's - The Cat is Back!
1970 XJ6 S1: This car was driven in the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club (JEC) Saloon Championship in 2005 by Carl Gannon, one of the foremost experts on Jaguar saloon car racing along with his partner Nick Gwinnutt. The Series 1 XJ6 ('68-'73) is powered by a 4.2L twin-cam engine, producing about 245 hp. Its nice to see this old crocks still actively racing. The cars too!
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43
1969 XJ12 S1: Not a race car, but very race related. This is a fire tender that Jaguar provided to the Silverstone circuit. Jaguar has supplied cars for this use with specially mounted water tanks and fire equipment to allow rapid response to incidents that may occur during races there. This was the prototype XJ6, later fitted with a 5.3L V12 as the prototype XJ12.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43
1976 Broadspeed XJ12C: The 5.3L XJC was a natural candidate for saloon car racing in Group 2 and showed great potential throughout its short career. British Leyland agreed to limited funding of a racing project managed by Broadspeed, hoping the company could emulate its Triumph touring car success with the Jaguar. This is the car as introduced to the press in early 1976 at Silverstone.
Model by CLASSIC CARS 1/43
1976 Broadspeed XJ12C: The 5.3L V12 powered XJC was often the fastest car on the track, but a lack of development due to limited funding led most often to a failure of the car to last the race distance. This car is from the only race in 1976 the car participated in, The Tourist Trophy at Silverstone, driven by Derek Bell and David Hobbs. Bell led the race, holding off the BMW's, but lost a wheel on lap 38 and retired.

1977 Broadspeed XJ12C: Lighter than the 1976 car, in race trim the V12 produced over 560 hp and was very fast. Raced with British Leyland sponsorship, the XJC was developed, prepared and raced by Broadspeed for the ETCC series in 1976 & 77. This car was entered in the 1977 RAC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone where it spun on oil ten laps from the finish while leading and finished 4th. Andy Rouse and Derek Bell were the pilots for that race. They set both pole and fastest lap. The team's best result was a second place finish at Nurburgring for Rouse and Bell.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1977 Broadspeed XJ12C: Broadspeed ran a second team car most of the 1977 season. This is the car Fitzpatrick and Schenken drove in the Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone. This car retired on the 35th lap due to rear axle problems. Ironically the race was won by Tom Walkinshaw in a BMW 3.0CSL. Walkinshaw would go on to be instrumental in Jaguar's return to racing prominence a few years later. British Leyland lacked the resources to properly support the team and the program ended with the discontinuance of the XJC road car in 1977.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1977 Broadspeed XJ12C
Model by BEST OF SHOW 1/18

1974 E-Type V12 SIII: At the same time Bob Tullius and Group 44 were developing their E-Type for SCCA BP racing on the E. Coast, Joe Huffaker was preparing a car on the W. Coast. With Corvette as the main competition, each car won its respective region and met up in the SCCA finals in 1974 & 75. Group 44 got the upper hand both times, but I watched this 450+ hp car being driven by Lee Mueller, race several times those years and if not for a flat tire the first go round in '74, I think they would have split the Championships.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE (factory built) 1/43
Champions!: East and West Coast SCCA Champions in B Production. Formidable cats!
1974 E-Type V12 SIII: This is the 5.3L V12 powered E-Type that Bob Tullius drove to the SCCA National Drivers Championship in B Production in 1975 and was runner-up in 1974. If the tires had not started to go away, the big cat would have won both years. As with the Huffaker car, Tullius had modest Jaguar support for the Group 44 racing effort. From here for Tullius, it was on to the SCCA's Trans Am for 1976 in the new XJS and ultimately IMSA and Le Mans in the XJR5.

1974 E-Type V12 SIII: There were slight variations of the Group 44 car during the two seasons it was campaigned, this is the V12 E-Type in early 1974 season configuration.
1974 E-Type V12 SIII: Yet another slight variation on the Group 44 theme. One of my projects is to construct the Group 44 transporter used to haul the cars from race to race. The transporter was sold to Tullius by my neighbor.
2005 XKR Group 44: For the 30th Anniversary of the SCCA Championship, I created a commemorative XKR. Since the XKR is the spiritual successor to the E-Type, it seemed fitting. A bit of whimsy.
Model by MODEL ART 1/43

1978 XJS: In 1976 Group 44 began developing and racing the XJS in the U.S. IMSA series. Coming off 5 victories in the '77 season, in '78 the team won 7 more, Tullius won the drivers title and the manufacturers championship for Jaguar. Powered by 560 bhp, 5.5L V12, the XJS outgunned the Corvettes all season long.
Model by ALEZAN (kit) 1/43

1970 Tatra 815 Transporter: This model was made in Czechoslovakia a number of years ago. I found it on eBay and because it had Jaguar on it, I had to have it. I have not seen another like it since. They also make a red E-Type that would go with this truck. Kaden Nachod has produced many transportation toys before the Czech Republic came into being.
Model by KADEN (KDN) 1/43

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