Paul Skilleter News: March 2018

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Offers from Paul Skilleter and PJ Publishing March 2018

Please note that all our listed books are published in English.


Jaguar E-Type 6- Cylinder Originality Guide Jaguar E-type Six Cylinder Originality Guide by Haddock & Mueller – updated and back in print!



First published last year, this highly detailed book by Haddock & Mueller sold out within months. However, it has been reprinted and we now have supplies of the new print run.

The authors have taken advantage of the reprint to make some amendments and additions, so although we would not necessarily advise owners of the first edition to buy this one, new purchasers can rest assured that this is the most up-to-date and accurate version.

As a reminder, the book has been compiled by two of the world’s foremost E-type originality experts (and Tom Haddock’s earlier books on E-types are now expensive collector’s items). Every model and sub-model is examined in minute detail with a vast quantity of new information on correct specifications and production changes for the 3.8 and 4.2 E-types.

Sample pages

Hard bound with jacket, 304 x 219mm.

£95.00 plus £2.95 P&P UK, £15.00 Europe, £28.00 Rest of World (air).




Forthcoming Titles

Book: E-type factory and private competition cars by Peter Griffiths E-type factory and private competition cars

by Peter Griffiths


Scheduled for May 2018 publication, this book has been under preparation for nearly five years – most of the time with ourselves, PJ Publishing Ltd. However, factors conspired against us publishing it and we handed the project over to Veloce Publishing.

As I say in my Foreword to it, this is an E-type book like no other! Peter Griffiths’ main interest lies not in the well-covered famous-driver and Lightweight cars, but the period from 1965 onwards when the car finally became a consistent race winner – albeit mainly in lower levels of motor sport.

So while the works and other E-types of the early 1960s are certainly covered, the real direction of the book lies in the ‘Prodsports’ and ‘Modsports’ eras, when the car became highly modified and far quicker than any Lightweight. Drivers like Warren Pearce, John Quick, John Wilson, John Lewis, John Burbidge and many others engaged in titanic battles on British circuits, providing some of the most exciting sports car racing of the late 1960s/early 1970s. This was certainly my favourite E-type racing period and I remember around 1973 track-testing 7 CXW, the ex-Ken Baker early roadster then being raced with great success in Modsports form by John Harper.

Peter’s 40+ years of following E-type racing has resulted in a really entertaining book, and he pulls no punches when describing how cars evolved and how the survivors have ended up today. Hundreds of great pictures and a 450 long (!) car-by-car listing are included. I don’t think anyone else could have written this book and I am sure it’s going to be a big success.

Large format hardback with over 450 photographs, many never published before. Available from us in May, when we will send out another Newsletter with more details – or watch our web site. Price £40 + P&P.



Book: The Jaguar XK120 in Competition by Dr James Fraser, Paul Skilleter The Jaguar XK 120 in Competition by Dr James Fraser


A little later in the year we will be publishing a new book of our own – our long-promised title on the XK 120 in motor sport in the UK and Europe. It too has been the subject of much research over a period of many years, this time by competition XK 120 owner and researcher Dr James Fraser.

James takes the story of the car from its first appearance on the track in 1949 and follows it pictorially from the hectic years of racing and international rallying in the early 1950s (which comprises the bulk of the book) through to the 1960s and 70s. This was when the car emerged as a highly competitive historic race car once more and is a period which, in fact, now arouses considerable interest. Finally the present-day XK racing scene is covered too.

The book is in the same format as our high-quality XK ‘Explored’ series, and will run to at least 350 pages. It will include detailed profiles on famous cars, lists of cars and drivers, and contain 1,000-plus illustrations. Worldwide picture research has uncovered many images never published before, and it is in no small measure thanks to the support from JD Classics that has allowed us to buy pictures from top libraries and archives. The all-important design is in the hands of Tony Bailey, who co-authored our Mike Hawthorn Golden Boy book with me (and indeed did the design for that too), so all in all this book will be a feast for all those interested in the XK 120 in competition.

Watch our web site for news of a firm publication date or e-mail or phone us to express your interest. It is likely that only 500 will be printed.



Paul Skilleter Books will be at International Jaguar Spares Day on Sunday, 18th March, in our usual spot adjacent to the cafeteria. I am pleased to say that Norman Dewis OBE will be on our stand as usual to chat and sign books (or anything else for that matter!). We will be selling his own book at an advantageous show price, along with many other Jaguar books.

Peter Wilson, author of our XJ13 book, will be assisting me along with Tony Bailey, while something new is that the stand is also scheduled to carry some choice Jaguar automobilia from Ian Cooling’s collection. These items will be interesting to look at and discuss with Ian Cooling himself, and as they will be for sale, you will have the chance to buy them too!


For further details on all items listed here and our other books please visit our website


Paul Skilleter
Paul Skilleter Books/ PJ Publishing Ltd
Tel: +44(0)1425 612669