Lot 320a - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I FHC 'Flat Floor'
|Sold - £56,000
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. 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.
It is well documented that the ultimate in collectors' E-Type is the early example of the Series I fixedhead coupé with the original flat floor. This particular model, built in 1961 and first registered in 1962 was stripped rebuilt and converted to a right hand drive car by the current owner who purchased the car in 1990 whilst working in Torrence California, having been inspired by 'Across the Lake', a documentary starring Sir Antony Hopkins as Donald Campbell CBE. The vendor sought out a suitable E-Type and drove it across America and down Route 66 before shipping it back to his home in the UK where it has since been used and cared for. The car itself is in good condition and has certainly been enjoyed, but well looked after. It presents very well, in metallic blue with deep red leather interior that has recently been re-trimmed. Under the bonnet, we are informed that the engine was replaced at some point whilst in the US with a like-for-like 3.8 litre unit which the vendor has since had overhauled along with the gearbox and thus, should represent a solid example. Indeed there was the suggestion that he would be driving the car to London from his home some 300+ miles away which should give any potential bidder significant confidence. Offered with V5C registration document, original bill of sale and every MoT test certificate since 2009, this Flat Floor represents a fantastic opportunity to claim ownership of the ultimate example of Jaguar's beautiful E-Type and, with a very attractive estimate, should appeal to any collector, investor or enthusiast.
Estimate sale price £55,000 - £65,000
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