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Pete Waterman's 1971 Jaguar E-Type "Ghost"

3rd October, 2017

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One of the rarest E-Types ever built, referred to by Jaguar Enthusiast magazine as 'A Ghost of an E-Type' and 'the one missing link' (August 2017 issue), this rarity is offered by H&H Classics from the collection of fabled music producer Pete Waterman. The car was referred to as a ‘ghost’ as it was presumed lost for 30 years. It will be sold by H&H at ‘No Reserve’ at their next Imperial War Museum Duxford sale on 15th November.

This classic E-Type has been in Pete Waterman’s care since the late 1980s. Chassis Number One and Body Number One, it is the first left-hand drive Series III 2+2-seater made and the only example fitted with a 4.2-litre XK engine.

Carefully dry stored during Mr Waterman's custodianship, chassis 1W70001 has been recommissioned and repainted in recent years but remains notably original. Boasting a number of unique features (which have been chronicled by marque specialist XK Engineering), this decidedly special E-Type would grace any Jaguar collection.

“This car is rarer than any other E-type variant including the fabled 'Lightweight'. Marque authorities suggest that just four or six Series 3 cars were factory-fitted with XK DOHC 4.2 litre engines. These were never made available to the general public.”

Damian Jones | H&H Classics

This particular example is wrongly referred to on various websites as chassis number 1S70001 or 1W700001. In fact, the number clearly stamped into the 2+2-seater's original chassis plate reads '1W70001', while its body and engine numbers are recorded as '4W50001' and '7R39503-9' respectively.

Although Jaguar Heritage quote the first left-hand drive Series 3 2+2-seater as being chassis number 1S70001 with body number 4S50001, '1W70001' would most likely have been identified as such many moons ago had it not formed part of music producer Pete Waterman's private collection since the late 1980s. A long-term Jaguar enthusiast whose stable has included C- and D-Types as well as other significant E-Types, Mr Waterman acquired the unique Series 3 via marque specialist Lynx.

Driven a further 17,000 miles by its next keeper, the 2+2-seater was laid-up for five years following his death. Covered with plastic sheeting during that time (to the detriment of its paintwork), it was reportedly resprayed and brought up to concours standard by James Johnson of New York in 1980. Shown by Mr Johnson at various events, the Jaguar later passed to Godfrey Miller who is its last known American custodian. A sticker affixed to the car's windscreen suggests that it was enjoyed on The Garden State's roads until at least 1986 and although not warranted its present odometer reading of 53,800 miles is highly credible.


Pete Waterman, author, DJ, Pop Idol judge and television presenter, he is perhaps best known as one third of the hugely successful music production and song-writing partnership, Stock Aitken Waterman and for his world-famous PWL label.  He has the unique distinction of being the most successful producer-songwriter in British history. His many awards and recognitions include 13 Ivor Novellos as well as being named the Music Industry’s ‘Man of the Year’ in 1990.

Responsible for over 500 million record sales around the world, Pete has worked with a who’s who of artists including Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Rick Astley, John Travolta and Steps.  Pete is as passionate about music as he was when, as an enterprising young boy, he cycled between local churches earning a few shillings singing in their choirs.

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