One of the highlights of the Fiskens collection at this year’s Paris Retromobile ensemble is the very rare and coveted Jaguar E-Type Lightweight ’49 FXN’. One of 12 Lightweight Jaguar E-types and one of only two ‘low-drag’ examples, 49 FXN was modified by aerodynamicist Dr Samir Klat for the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours and heroically campaigned by famous UK privateers Peter Lumsden & Peter Sargent. Its exhaustive period competition history includes the Goodwood Tourist Trophy & Nurburgring 1000km and it boasts a host of other more recent successes in historic motorsport. As arguably the most important and famous Jaguar E-type Lightweight, this heroic car has already received a lot of well-deserved attention in Paris..
Following a string of accolades in 1964 and 1965, the Peters hung up their respective helmets and 49 FXN passed into the hands of some British club racers, before a twenty-year spell in the USA. It returned to the UK in 2000 with Sir Anthony Bamford who returned it to serious competition.
In the hands of subsequent owners, 49 FXN has continued to compete at the top level of historic motorsport. Each owner has added their own chapter to the history of this most charismatic and beautiful of E-types, and to see the car now is to see evidence of its various lives.