Legendary Race Cars  

1962 Jaguar E-Type Low-Drag Coupé

Sold For $333,525 on September 8, 2014 

Est. 320 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,440 mm

Design based on the iconic Lindner/Nöcker Low-Drag Coupé
FIA approved and eligible for numerous historic races
One of five recreations built by Lynx

Jaguar built just a dozen of the famous all-aluminium lightweight E-Types for racing. Of these, the factory modified just one for Peter Lindner, the German Jaguar importer. After having taken delivery of the car in 1963, Peter Lindner and co-driver Peter Nöcker entered in the Nürburgring 1000 KM and lead the field for much of the race, even holding their own against the infamous Ferrari team. The following year saw the car return to Browns Lane, where Chief Designer Malcolm Sayer re-designed the car’s bodywork and carried out test sessions in MIRA’s wind tunnel. This resulted in a unique fastback-style coupé with near-perfect aerodynamics. Further modifications were made to the engine and mechanical system, resulting in an astonishing 340 brake horsepower and speeds reaching close to 170 mph at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sadly, Lindner’s quest for greater speed ended in tragedy at Montlhéry, when he collided with a slower car and killed himself and several others.

The wreckage remained in storage for more than 20 years before Jaguar specialist Lynx was asked to restore it by owner Peter Kaus, of the noted Rosso Bianco Collection. After being displayed for some 25 years as a lightweight roadster, it was acquired in 2008 by Peter Neumark, who commissioned a 7,000 man-hour restoration to resurrect the iconic Low-Drag Coupé. After much fanfare, Lynx would produce a small handful of all-aluminium Lindner/Nöcker Low-Drag recreations, which were based on original drawings provided by Peter Nöcker. Aside from the aluminium chassis, they used all the correct components, including a steel engine block, a wide-angle head, dry sump, Lucas fuel injection, magnesium Dunlop wheels, and all-aluminium body construction. The result captures the flavour of the period and incorporates various modifications to enhance its performance, safety, comfort, and usability.