Delivered new to the U.S. through Max Hoffman’s famed distributorship in November 1961, this E-Type (chassis no. 876176) was originally finished in Carmen Red over a Black interior, it spent the majority of its life stateside before returning to the U.K. around 2011.
Found to be thoroughly solid and original, DK Engineering decided to embark on a complete nut and bolt restoration to Homologation ‘34’ like the ZP cars that were specified new to the likes of Coombs and Sopwith. In 2011, before the creation of the Kinrara trophy, the car was built to be as versatile as possible. The brief was a car that could do circuit racing, tours and rallies; such as Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore, but still remain equally usable on the road whilst sharp enough for Concours events and shows.
Fortuitously, in time with the completion of the restoration, there was increasing popularity and awareness of the Pre-63 GT series, with regular fixtures including the prestigious Tourist Trophy at Silverstone. The cars race debut came at the Donington Historic Festival in 2013, where it showed great pace from the off. It finished 4th overall, just behind the Ferrari 250SWB piloted by ex-Formula 1 driver, Jackie Oliver.
The E-Type proved to be a highly successful car over the course of the ensuing years, never finishing a race outside of the top five and has won the famed Kinrara trophy twice at the Goodwood Revival, undoubtedly making it the most successful Pre-63 E-Type in historic racing.