Known the world over simply by its number plate, '49 FXN' is the most rare of all Jaguar E-Types. Out of the production run of 72,000 road cars, just 12 were made by the factory as thoroughbred, lightweight racing cars. But of those 12, just 2 were enhanced further still, with low-drag aerodynamic bodywork and sophisticated engineering enhancements beneath. Shot for Fiskens dealership of London, this is the story of plucky, British, fighting spirit and ingenious minds conspiring to take on the might of Ferrari , Shelby and Aston Martin at Le Mans.
I didn't get a chance to hustle the car at racing speeds, but having be fortunate enough to have enjoyed a lot of seat-time in several proper lightweights, I could certainly tell that it remained in exceptional shape and very much ready for the race track.