Quite simply the oldest and most famous E-type in existence, 9600 HP was one of Jaguar’s prototypes, was used for development, as the launch car at Geneva and then as the press car.
The subject of a book by Philip Porter, The Most famous Car in the World (published by Orion), 9600 HP underwent a fantastic conservation Jaguar restoration by CMC in 2000.
9600HP was a beautifully original car never having been restored. However, it was very corroded in some areas. Due to its historical significance, we repaired each panel rather than replacing whole sections to retain as much of the original vehicle as possible. The mechanical restoration covered every aspect to bring the car back to as-new condition. Some of the interior had to be replaced due to the effects of damp and vermin attack. We were, however, to use the original non-matching seats!