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Unique 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1  4.2 Frua Prototype

Italian stylist Pietra Frua commission by John Coombs in Silver with Black leather.  Prototype of an intended ‘new look’ Jaguar incorporating Coombs race modifications & front & rear body conversion made to stock showroom cars.

The vehicle – newly painted in Silver from its original Carmen Red – arrived at the 11th hour to be debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966.  It received mixed reviews and despite taking a few orders, John Coombs took the decision to cancel the project having been disappointed by both the costs and the direction of the collaboration.  Later the same year it was shown at the London Motor Show and then sold into private ownership.

DVLA Keeper records show the first Keeper to be a Mr McCulloch – owner of a successful London haberdashery business – who owned it for 18 years.  It transferred to his wife upon his passing who then sold to an owner in Devon who kept from 1985 until 1996.  It next had an owner in Bournemouth and at some stage went briefly to Belgium before returning to UK soil in 2008.  A sympathetic restoration was then undertaken to the paintwork as well as a mechanical overhaul & an engine rebuild.

Comes complete with two history folders containing many photographs, magazine articles, DVLA records as well as 2008 restoration invoices.  A JDHT Production Certificate shows date of manufacture as 25 October 1965 & the original distributor as Henlys Limited, London.

A truly unique one-off with speedo showing under 66k miles.  MOT valid till Oct 20.

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