Mike Wrigley – 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lowdrag Coupe (13 FXN)
I shot this car at last years 73MM and commented then on its unusual nose, and it was there again at this years 74MM, so I thought I’d do some investigations into its history.
A google search turned up RS Panels of Nuneaton, who built 13 FXN for Mike Wrigley as a re-creation of the Ex-Lumsden/Sargent Low Drag Coupe (registration 49 FXN). Using the original 49 FXN as a template, dimensions were taken to build the re-creation. According to the guys at RS Panels, the original car ended up on its roof in the lake at Outlon Park in 1965, so would seem to have had an eventful past.
The original car was modified using the expertise of Samir Klat and Harry Watson, who were studying at the Imperial College of London. Samir Klat also had worked with Frank Costin (of Cosworth fame) on the aerodynamics for the Le Mans Lister Coupe (WTM 446).
The Jaguar (which incidentally, started life as an aluminium roadster), was developed with power and aerodynamics being the key targets. These changes turned out to be quite effective, with this E-Type ending up being one of the quickest.
During the build process of 13 FXN, RS Panels managed to get photographs of the original build from Samir Klat, one of which was a side profile shot that they blew up to full size and used as a guide during the build. I must say that while it has a slightly awkward shape to the nose, in silver it really does look stunning and with an interesting back story its nice to see these kind of re-creations out on circuit.
For Samir, who saw the finished re-creation at Goodwood last year, having flown in from his home on a small Island near Finland, it sounds to have been quite a moving occasion, proving that perhaps imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.