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Jaguar Lightweight E-type - The Autobiography of 4 WPD

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This 'Great Cars' book outlines in exhaustive detail the history of the most important competition Jaguar E-type. 

The first book in the Great Cars Series

Run by John Coombs with factory support and driven by some of the best racing drivers of the day, this car took part in the E-type’s first motor race and later became the prototype all-aluminium Lightweight E-type.

The car’s post-Coombs racing life is also fully covered, embracing up-and-coming Brian Redman’s exploits with it in 1965 and its modern-day successes at the Goodwood Revival, where it has twice won the TT Celebration race and has been raced by numerous fine drivers, including Dario Franchitti and Emanuele Pirro.

In this book expert author Philip Porter covers this famous E-type’s active life in every detail, using a wide variety of source material – including factory documentation – to explore not only the car’s race-by-race performances but also the trials and tribulations of its development and evolution. A fine array of period photographs – every competition appearance is shown – and a gallery of magnificent modern images support the meticulously researched text.

This is the complete record of a most significant racing car and the first in the exciting new 'Great Cars' series.

  • Beautifully designed and presented
  • Packed with stunning period material, most never seen before
  • Story of the prototype Lightweight E-type told in full
  • 4 WPD raced by great drivers, including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart
  • Sir Jackie Stewart says ‘ It was a big deal for me to  get a drive for John Coombs…one of those dream occasions for a young driver’

Standard edition signed by Philip Porter

ISBN 978-1-907085-17-8

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A delightful read

I've just finished the Autobiography of 4WPD (Jaguar Lightweight E-type) the first book published in the Great Cars series and it's been a delightful read. As an expert on the E-type, Philip Porter's account of the history of the car and its development into a formidable racer has a depth of detail that pulls the reader in at every step. The car really comes alive in this volume and I was fascinated to follow every stage in its journey in such technical detail and race by race. As with other books in the series, each chapter is enhanced by a detailed background of the times setting the car in context. Using historical photographs and biographies of the major players in each stage of life of 4WPD, the period accounts from Autosport etc. and interviews with contemporaries and drivers of the car made it feel like I had lived through the era myself.

J. Cocker

The Jaguar Lightweight E-type was fantastic and I cannot wait for the following titles. Many congratulations on a great new series.