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From development prototype to Geneva Motor Show star and 150mph road-test car, 9600 HP played a key role in the launch of the sensational Jaguar E-type. This latest book tells the story of this unique car’s life, its intricate restoration, and the unsung hero behind its creation - Malcolm Sayer.
First published in 2000 and extensively expanded and updated for this new edition, it includes interviews with many of the characters who were central to the car's adventures. It also features a wealth of exclusive archive material from the family of Malcolm Sayer – the man who created some of Jaguars' most iconic designs.
9600 HP is the only remaining prototype and is the oldest surviving Jaguar E-type. In 1961, it served as a press car and was driven flat-out across France to be in Geneva in time for the E-type's official launch. Subsequently owned by the likes of racing driver Jack Fairman, 9600 HP was acquired by Philip Porter in 1977 and kept in a barn until 1999, when a deal was done that would lead to its emotional return to the road…
How prototype number 7 played a central role in the development of the Jaguar E-type and the model’s 1961 Geneva launch.
The full story of 9600 HP's famous 150mph road-test by Autocar magazine.
Fascinating insight into 9600 HP's post-Jaguar life, including its ownership by film director John Paddy Carstairs and racing driver Jack Fairman.
Detailed account of the car's painstaking restoration, its triumphant return to Geneva in 2000, and its busy life since.
Extensive celebration of Malcolm Sayer and his enduring legacy, using never previously published drawings, sketches and photographs from the Sayer family.
Author: Philip Porter
Author Bio: Philip Porter is the author of around 30 motoring books. In an action-packed life, he started competing in hillclimbs and sprints while still at school, winning 10 of his 12 events in 1970 in his full-race Sprite. Bitten by the classic car bug, he bought five Jaguar XKs in 1973 (four of which he still has) and his historic E-types (9600 HP, the oldest E-type which was the development, launch, press car, and 848 CRY, the '61 racer and roadster in the film The Italian Job) in 1976. He began writing articles and books in the mid-'80s. In parallel he began flying hot air balloons and airships competitively (European Airship Championships Silver Medallist) and was the first person ever to fly an airship in Africa. He has twice been Chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society and in 1997 he and his wife Julie formed the International Jaguar XK Club, the Jaguar E-type Club following in 2004. In 2005, he created Porter Press International, which is now one of the world's leading motoring publishers thanks to the amazing team with which Philip is immensely proud to work.
Publisher: Porter Press
Binding Type: Hardcover
Illustrations: Over 500 images
Pages: 320 pages
Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.25 x 11.5 inches