Although we’re expecting a huge number of E-types, we are looking forward to seeing Minis and other 1960s British classics. Some other rather notable cars which will also be on display. We will keep this page updated with all the feature cars attending as and when we have them confirmed so keep checking back to find out what else you can see at Shelsley Walsh.
9600 HP and 848 CRY
77 RW and HDU 555N
The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust will be bringing along three very special E-types - 77RW, the first production Open Two-Seater, WHP 205J, one of the earliest V12 E-types and originally part of the press fleet and HDU 555N, a Series 3 V12 open two-seater, the very last E-type to be built.
Most Jaguar aficionados will know the story of the E-type launch at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, when the busy press car 9600 HP (also on show at Shelsley) was driven flat-out from Coventry to Geneva by Jaguar executive Bob Berry, arriving just 20 minutes before the scheduled unveiling. Once revealed, interest in the E-type and demand for test drives was so high that test and development driver Norman Dewis, who was still in Coventry, was immediately ordered to drop everything and bring 77 RW to Geneva. He drove for 17 hours, through the night.
77 RW, chassis number 850003 was put on permanent loan in 2000 to the Heritage Trust whereupon it was completely restored with the generous assistance of Martin Robey Ltd of Nuneaton.
The last off the line HDU 555N, chassis number 1S/2872, was retained by Jaguar from the moment its build was completed in June 1974. Ahead of it through the factory were a limited run of 50 cars - all but one painted black - bearing a commemorative plaque with a copy of Sir William Lyons’ signature.
24 PK Mini Cooper S
We are delighted that Roy Palmer will be bringing along 24 PK - a Mini Cooper S with a privateer rally history in the hands of Sir Peter Moon in 1963-64.
The car was prepared to ‘Abingdon works’ specification with a 997cc engine unit built by Don Moore of Cambridge - who was without doubt recognised as the best tuner of Minis during the 1960s and one of BMC Competition Department’s regular go-to specialists.
Whilst in the true sense of the word, 24 PK cannot be characterised as a BMC ‘works car’ – it was nonetheless prepared by those same talented Abingdon engineers, electricians and craftsmen – and certainly acknowledged and assisted by the BMC works team on a number of occasions.
Driver Brian Culcheth commented on his 1963 RAC drive with 24 PK recalling, “After 10 stages we were leading our class from the ‘works’ Mini when we lost 2nd gear. Disaster struck midway through the night when the gearbox gave up. Our engine had been prepared by Don Moore – and although Don did not get the ultimate in power, his engines had fantastic torque which enabled me to do so well without 2nd gear. I enjoyed driving 24 PK more than any other Mini as it handled so well – I think the 997cc engine was the perfect combination of power and weight distribution’.
Now carrying a 1293cc engine, Roy reports that 24 PK is a lot of fun to drive and he’s looking forward to taking on the Shelsley Walsh hill with it.