Jaguar Lightweight E-Type: The Autobiography of 4 WPD

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This Great Cars book outlines in exhaustive detail the history of the most important competition Jaguar E-type. Run by John Coombs with factory support and driven by some of the best racing drivers of the day, this car took part in the E-type’s first motor race and later became the prototype all-aluminium Lightweight E-type.
The car’s post-Coombs racing life is also fully covered, embracing up-and-coming Brian Redman’s exploits with it in 1965 and its modern-day successes at the Goodwood Revival, where it has twice won the TT Celebration race and has been raced by numerous fine drivers, including Dario Franchitti and Emanuele Pirro.
In this book expert author Philip Porter covers this famous E-type’s active life in every detail, using a wide variety of source material – including factory documentation – to explore not only the car’s race-by-race performances but also the trials and tribulations of its development and evolution. A fine array of period photographs – every competition appearance is shown – and a gallery of magnificent modern images support the meticulously researched text. This is the complete record of a most significant racing car and the first in the exciting new Great Cars series – next title is Porsche 917 written by Ian Wagstaff.

Key Points

Beautifully designed and presented
First in the new Great Cars Series
Packed with stunning period material, most never seen before
Story of the prototype Lightweight E-type told in full
4 WPD raced by great drivers, including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart

Limited Edition

A stunning limited edition, bound in grey leather with gilt edges, and cased in a grey cloth slipcase. As a special touch, there is an embossed reproduction of the number plates BUY 1 and 4 WPD, on the front and back covers. Limited to 100 copies and signed by Philip Porter.

The Author

Philip Porter is the author of more than 30 motoring books. He started competing in hill climbs and sprints while still at school and was later bitten by the classic car bug. He has written motor racing books with Sir Stirling Moss, Murray Walker and Martin Brundle. In 2005, he created Porter Press International, which is now one of the world’s leading motoring publishers.

Title Information

Author: Philip Porter
Publication: September 2014
Specifications: HB, 320 Pages,
283mm x 235mm (portrait)
Illustrations: over 320 photographs, including colour
Publisher: Porter Press International
ISBN: 978-1-907085-18-5

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