Lot 385 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
|Estimate||£70,000 - £80,000|
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 gearbox, 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.
Manufactured on 31st January 1962 and despatched to Henlys of London on 16th February 1962, this 3.8 litre E-Type is a project with a difference. The vendor is a classic car enthusiast but, unfortunately has run out of time and space, making it difficult to complete this restoration project. The car has been completely stripped, bodywork attended to and repainted in the original colour of opalescent dark green. The bare shell is on a stand and able to be manoeuvred with care.
The rear subframe, engine, gearbox, interior trim, wiring loom, glass etc are all removed from the car, although everything is supplied and thought to be present. Obviously, if a purchaser chose to take the opportunity to rebuild the car mechanically, this would be the easiest and most cost effective way to do so. Jaguar E-Type Series I roadsters are in huge demand of late and this early example offers the purchaser the opportunity to complete the car to his/her own standard. This Jaguar is also supplied with a V5 registration document and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate.
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