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Jag fuses old, new for ancient show

2012-11-05 11:08

One of the most famous Jaguar E-Types has been earmarked to accompany British Olympian Jessica Ennis when she drives the all-new F-Type in the 2012 London Lord Mayor’s show.

The 1600RW E-Type oined the all-new F-Type in London on November 1 2012 when the Olympian, who is also Jaguar’s Academy of Sport Ambassador, announced she would drive the automaker’s latest sports car on November 10 2012.

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Ennis said: “I’m so excited to be driving the Jaguar F-Type at the Lord Mayor’s Show. I had a go in the V6 S at the Gaydon proving ground and was amazed how well it sticks to the ground. It was fun but fast and very different to my XKR.”

1600 RW, or Chassis No.4, was the fourth E-Type to leave the production line and the first one to be sold. It was completed and despatched in April 1961 to its new owner – Jaguar’s own Racing Team Manager, Frank ‘Lofty’ England. After sitting in a garage for 25 years, the car was bought and restored by CMC.

The famous car will make its appearance alongside another celebre E-Type, Chassis No.24, or the “Daily Mail” E-Type, which was one of the two examples that the newspaper gave away in a competition it ran in 1961 to win "the most wanted car in the world".

The Lord Mayor's show is described as a five-kilometre procession that dates back to 1215. It will wind its way from London's Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and - apart from the Jaguars - will include carriages, marching bands and floats.