The very first Jaguar E-Type ever seen in public at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show is now up for sale in the UK.
We all know the story about the launch of the Jaguar E-Type at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, where demand for drives of the only E-Type at Geneva – 9600 HP – was so great that Jaguar got Norman Dewis to drive another – 77 RW – to the show overnight. But it seems that’s not the whole story.
In fact, there was a third E-Type at Geneva, and it was this car – chassis #885005 – that was actually first revealed in dramatic fashion at a private reveal with the sides falling away from the wood case it was in, after which it went to the exhibition hall for a similar reveal.
After the Geneva Show was finished, this car was sold to Georges Filippinetti – boss of CAP Assurances in Switzerland – and has since gone through a number of owners until it ended up in the collection of Jaguar enthusiast Dr. Christian Jenny.
Dr. Jenny has now decided it’s time for his coveted E-Type to find a new home, so he’s entrusted Pendine at Bicester Heritage to find a new home for the pre-production show car.
Carefully restored by Jenny with many body parts carefully corrected to original when he acquired it, Pendine are looking for £825,000 for what they say is the “Most Important Non-Competition Jaguar’s Ever To Be Offered For Sale”.