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1961 Jaguar E-Type Open Two Seater Series I [850012]

1961 Jaguar E-Type [850012] in The Italian Job, Movie, 1969 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1961 Jaguar E-Type Open Two Seater Series I [850012]

Position 00:44:16 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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G-MANN UK

2006-06-12 13:26

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-- Last edit: 2010-12-17 21:04:47 (vilero)

gingertom EN

2006-07-11 13:34

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The number plate is kind of ironic!

lastinpurple ES

2006-09-23 00:07

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Here it is THIS SAME CAR, plates and everything here:
/vehicle_33515-Jaguar-E-Type-1961.html
It's the same car, did you like restauration? 848 :cry:

Sunbar UK

2006-09-23 02:22

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The registration number is still in use but colour is orange!

The vehicle details for 848 CRY are:

Jaguar
Date of Liability 01 05 2007
Date of First Registration 24 07 1961
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3781CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour ORANGE

flaminiasupersport BE

2006-12-12 14:30

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The black E-Type was one of the very first ones built (or was it this red one). The car was restored and still exists today.

antp BE

2006-12-12 14:45

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Only red one was restored I think. The black one being a coupé rather than a convertible was probably more difficult to restore.

lastinpurple ES

2006-12-30 19:49

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Sunbar wrote The registration number is still in use but colour is orange!

The vehicle details for 848 CRY are:

Jaguar
Date of Liability 01 05 2007
Date of First Registration 24 07 1961
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3781CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
I
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour ORANGE

I thought that the plate was fake!

marsh EN

2007-01-06 10:49

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This is in fact a very significant car, being the twelfth roadster built by Jaguar in the early summer of 1961 and carrying the chassis number 850012. The first 50 or so cars were hand built before full scale production began and were supplied only to very favoured customers - usually either racing drivers or dealers as the car was very much in demand following its launch at the Geneva motor show in March of that year.

In this case, it was a combination of the two and the car was issued with the registration no 2BBC to Leicester based Jaguar main agent Robin Sturgess, who extensively raced it during the first years of its life. Jaguar had agreed with these first owners that the cars were not to be sold for a minimum period of three months after purchase and Sturgess paid the princely sum of £1733 for the car, after his 5% dealer discount.

When he eventually sold the car in '62/63, he transferred the number 2BBC onto his next car (initially an E type fixed head coupe, which he also raced, but when I saw him in January 2007, the number now proudly adorns a 2006 XJ saloon), the E type featured here was then re-registered as 848CRY, although it carried the registration number DJB61 for some time in the early 70's. Michael Deeley, producer of the movie remembers that both E types were purchased by the production team for the princely sum of £900 each in early 1969 and recalls Director Peter Collinson inflicting additional damage to 848CRY with a sledge hammer for more effect! Indeed, you can see photographic evidence of this in Matthew Fields' excellent book on the making of the Italian Job, published by Batsford press in 2001.

848CRY is now owned by world renowned Jaguar historian, Philip Porter, who bought the car in May 1977 from its previous custodian Derek Bryant. It is finished in Carmen Red and shares barn space with possibly the world's most famous E Type, 9600HP, the fixed head coupe prototype and only E type ever to genuinely hit the legendary 150 mph in a road test. Lucky man.

The Black (or more probably Dark Blue) Fixed Head Coupe is not known to exist and I suspect this wasn't down to the fact it was more difficult to restore than a Roadster, but more likely due to it being 'just another old E type' as by 1969 there were plenty of dog-rough early E's floating around and they simply weren't worth repairing as they were only worth a couple of hundred quid. Of course, it just may be sitting unrestored in a barn somewhere, just waiting to be rediscovered...

...but I doubt it!

-- Last edit: 2007-02-10 12:24:11

dsl SX

2011-12-15 00:04

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As 77 RW was the first production roadster with #850003, #850012 may be even earlier than 12th??

Davidson EN

2012-02-07 16:45

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According to producer Michael Deeley, in the book "The making of the Italian Job", the two E Types were bought by the production company for £900 each which was, I believe, a modest price for them even in 1969.
The DVLA still records the fixed-head coupe (619 DXX) as being in existence https://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk/EvlPortalApp/app/enquiry?execution=e1s3

jpts AU

2015-02-27 13:01

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One of the few cars destroyed at the hands of the Italian Mafia.

Midknight EN

2018-01-06 21:01

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Here's 848CRY at an E-Type event in London in 2011, looking none the worse for its ordeal...

[Image: img_2280a.jpg]

And since marsh mentioned it earlier, here's 9600HP, parked nearby.

[Image: img_0902b.jpg]

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