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Jaguar Lightweight E-type the autobiography of 4 WPD, by Philip Porter

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The first book in the Great Cars Series

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.

Key Points:

 

  • Beautifully designed and presented
  • First in the 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
  • Sir Jackie Stewart says ‘ It was a big deal for me to  get a drive for John Coombs…one of those dream occasions for a young driver’
  • De Luxe, Limited Edition: leather-bound book & slip cover. Signed by the author, Philip Porter
Great Cars Series Book cover - Jaguar E-type 4WPD

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Jaguar Lightweight E-type the autobiography of 4 WPD

Standard (signed) Edition - In this first of the Great Cars series, Philip Porter covers this famous E-type's active life in every detail. With authoritative text, accompanied by a superb array of period photographs, this is a magnificent record of a most significant racing car.

 

All copies of this book (if purchased from our website) are signed by Philip Porter.

£60

 

£250

 

De Luxe (signed) Edition - A stunning limited edition, bound in grey leather with gilt edges, and cased in a grey cloth slip-case. 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 is signed by Philip Porter.

Collectors' (signed) Edition - Limited to just 25 copies, this superb special edition comes in a Solander Box, bound in leather and cloth. The book is contained within a red cloth slip-case featuring a working bonnet buckle style attachment which must be released to remove the book itself. Bound in grey leather and featuring silver gilt-edged pages and bevelled corners, the book also features metal plate reproductions of the car's two number plates - BUY 1 on the front and 4 WPD on the back.  Each copy is signed by Philip Porter.

 

Copies of this edition are made-to-order.  Our lead time is approximately three weeks from the order date.

£1,200

 

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