Lot 226 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 226 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 226 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot Number 226
Registration VSU 473
Chassis Number 877026
Engine Number R-4906-9
Odometer reading 6,975 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £44,000
Result Sold - £43,680

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 sports car 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.

Delivered new to New York in 1962 where it spent most of its early life, this 3.8 litre roadster was recently repatriated to the UK in 1999 and was subsequently restored by the current owner, a Jaguar specialist in his own right, based in Wales. A full engine rebuild also took place to include new crankshaft and pistons.  It was at this point that the steering wheel was re-positioned to comply with UK convention (righthand drive). With the matching chassis, engine and gearbox and bodywork finished in black with a contrasting red leather interior, this elegant sports car has formed part of a private Jaguar collect in recent years and has been regularly maintained by the vendor.

A history file accompanies this car containing a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, a UK V5C registration document and a selection of old MoT test certificates as well as a new one valid until March 2013. Many bills and invoices are also present including one for a brand new soft-top. With only 1,800 miles covered since the restoration and a lovely patina acquired during that time, Enzo Ferrari was quite right when he declared the E-Type Jaguar to be the most beautiful motorcar of all time.

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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