Lot 279 - 1962 12947 E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||9,003 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £56,000|
|Result||Sold - £54,880|
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. 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 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. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.
Considered by many to be the purest of all E-Types, this original righthand drive coupé sports has the highly desirable 3.8 litre engine mated to its original four speed manual Moss gearbox. Supplied originally by Broadfield Garages in Cockfosters via Henlys, as confirmed by the Jaguar Heritage certificate, the current vendor has been the proud owner of LFF902 for the last 14 years. Recently, this charming E-type has benefitted from the fitment of electronic ignition, stainless steel exhaust and a digital fuel pump. The carburettors have also been overhauled and tuned. The interior was re-trimmed some 15 years prior and is complemented by the aluminium dashboard and transmission tunnel. Finished in blue with grey leather trim, this delightful 3.8 litre coupé is supplied with a V5 registration document, current MoT test certificate and a history file. Driving a Jaguar E-Type is a seminal experience enhanced by an extraordinary view of the road ahead over the bonnet.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.