E-Type Chassis No. 15, restored by CMC to original specification, won the ‘Best of British’ class at the prestigious Salon Privé Concour’s d’Elegance 2017.
Held on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough and his family, the Concours d’Elegance is the country’s oldest and most exclusive classic car competition and is globally recognised as one of the key events on the international concours circuit. Now in its 12th consecutive year, it attracts some of the rarest and most exquisite cars ever produced.
Owner Chris Ballard said: “Chassis No.15 competed against some very interesting cars from Europe and the USA, including a stunning Aston Martin DB5 and an unusual DB6 and so to take the honours showed just how good the restoration was. All of the people at CMC that were involved in the restoration process should be very proud of their work because that team effort resulted in Chassis No. 15 receiving the highest of accolades that it so rightly deserves.”
Chassis No. 15 was the fifteenth right hand drive fixed head coupe E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961 and was used as a press car at the Scottish Motor Show held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, in November that year. The car then moved on to private ownership and went missing for decades until CMC discovered it in Cernay, France, in late 2013.
CMC’s mechanics and technicians spent exactly 2,956hrs restoring every nut and bolt of Chassis No. 15, saving as much of the original car as possible and bringing it back to show-stopping condition.
Chassis No. 15 is owned by Chris Ballard, a long-standing friend and customer of CMC. Photo courtesy of Salon Privé.