Lot 23 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 23 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 23 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 23
Registration EBY 185B
Chassis Number 890290
Engine Number RA6087
Odometer reading 18,186 miles
Estimate £24,000 - £28,000
Result Sold - £26,820

Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. While early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.

Considered by many to be the purest E-Type form, 890290 is an early much sought after fixedhead Coupé and has had just three owners from new, the last in 1981. Working in St Johns, Newfoundland as a Jaguar technician, its English owner bought 890290 from its then second owner in 1981 and commenced a full ground-up restoration in the mid 1980's retaining it's correct numbered engine, gearbox,  chassis and original colour scheme. When he returned to the UK in 1988, not surprisingly, the car came back with him.  In dry storage since 1993, it has been recently re-commissioned and now the recipient of an MoT test certificate by Sherwood Restorations to prepare it ready for sale. Reportedly running and driving very well, it is a testament to it's original restoration. A sound running and reliable car, albeit with light microblistering, EBY 185B comes with an extensive history file to include restoration invoices, Heritage Certificate and original service booklet and associated handbooks.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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