This wonderful and unrepeatable E-Type started life a 4.2 Roadster finished in Opalescent Dark Green supplied by Henlys of London in April 1966 and registered as “TPP 578E”. During the cars first 30 years this E-Type lived a quite ordinary life in “standard” from covering some 67,000 miles with just three UK based owners. In the 1990s however, the car was stripped for a restoration which then stalled. As a result, remarkably this car remained off the road in brown primer for 25 years.
In 2012 the car was purchased by a successful racing driver, Former British Touring Car Champion and BRDC member who had over the years owned and restored a dozen E-Types including the famous “CUT 7”. His plan was to restore and rebuild the absolute “Ultimate” road-going E-Type, better, more powerful and more civilised than any attempt before - this was to be known as the Puma. Working closely alongside Harry Foulsford the E-Type Guru behind “E-Type UK” this car was identified as the perfect basis for the Perfect E-Type.
Over the course of 2012 the car was totally restored with the body once again stripped down to bare metal and then repainted in its original colour of Opalescent Dark Green, the trim work was undertaken by the world-famous Suffolk and Turley also in green and every other nut and bolt on the car was restored by the E-Type UK Team.
The car’s engine was built by Rob Beere, who is famous for building the finest Jaguar motors for track or road the unit for this car is a bespoke 4.7 Litre High Torque Motor, internally all of the major components are to Rob’s specification for maximum torque and useable power. This includes a Billet crankshaft, forged pistons, upgraded Conrods and valves, lightweight flywheel with performance manifolds and straight through exhaust system. The compression ratio is 9.6:1. This engine is Dyno’d at 300 BHP with 340 Lb/ft of torque at just 2,900 Rpm, sustained until 4,500. This makes the car almost “modern-day fast” on the road.
In addition to the Motor the car is also fitted with a host of further upgrades all in the name of adding performance and usability but whilst retaining the original appearance these include; Aluminum Bonnet, Competition Dunlop Cast wheels, 4-Pot Brake Calipers, Vented Brake Discs, Alloy Radiator, Alloy Header Tank, Kenlowe Fan, Silicon Hoses (Cooling), Silicon HT leads, 1-2-3 Distributor, Upgraded Alternator, Hi-Torque Starter Motor, Braided Brake Lines, Upgraded Torsion bars, Alloy bodied AVO Adjustable Dampers, Upgraded Front, Anti-Roll Bar, Long Primary Tubular manifolds, Sports Straight Through Exhaust System, Uprated Rear Springs, Diaphragm Clutch, Hardtop, Hi-flow air filter, Solid Steering Rack Mounts and much more. The car is also offered with both 3.8 Bucket Seats and a pair of 4.2 more comfortable seats.
Following the completion of The Puma, a change in Harry Foulfords personal life necessitated a move to California and as a result, he sold E-Type UK and the Puma project sadly ceased to continue, making this car the only example extant. We have been fortunate to handle the sale of this wonderful car twice from two significant collections of motorcars and have been solely responsible for its servicing and maintenance since completion in 2013 during which time it has covered a mere 1,500 miles. A truly remarkable and unrepeatable E-Type which offers an astonishing driving experience without distracting from any of its 1960s glamour, beauty and charm.