Lot 295 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé
|Engine Number||RA 3660-9|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £72,000|
|Result||Sold - £85,120|
The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 to create a combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing. Established as an icon of 1960's motoring and a great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming four months later, in July of that year. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted, 3.8-Litre six cylinder XK engine from the XK150's. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external bonnet latches and are considered to be rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the bonnet latches moved inside the car, whilst underneath the bonnet, the engine size increased to 4.2-Litres in October 1964.
This lefthand drive 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé was purchased by the vendor in Australia through an agent who purchased classic cars in the USA. This Jaguar was located in California and was shipped to Australia in 2007 arriving in Adelaide on the 12th December. The E-Type is a numbers matching car as shown in the Heritage Certificate from Jaguar and was fitted with a Webasto Sunroof from new. For the next three years the vendor started to purchase parts for this car over the internet including five new wire wheels, full length floor panels, aluminium radiator with electric fan, various body panels including new sills, glass windscreen washer bottle, a retro radio with Bluetooth and rear lights; a complete ground up restoration was then started by three specialist companies in the Adelaide Hills. Due to the vendor moving to China for his work he was in no rush to complete this restoration. The engine, gearbox and differential were completely rebuilt by Car Craft in Mount Barker, the body with the new full length floors was restored by Autocar Creations in Strathalbyn and the new leather interior was carried out by a specialist upholstery company, Header Tarps, in Mannum. Only two modifications were made to improve the driving comfort with the addition of an aluminium radiator with an electric cooling fan and electronic ignition. The restoration was completed on the E-Type at the end of 2014 but the owner has extended his contract in China for another three years so he has reluctantly decided to sell this stunning coupé. The car was never registered in Australia and was only driven approximately 60km from Mount Barker to Adelaide where it was stored for six months before being shipped to England arriving in October this year. Finished in its original colour of Opalescent Golden Sand with light tan leather interior, this beautifully restored E-Type is fully UK taxes paid, NOVA certificated and comes supplied with a copy of the Jaguar Heritage certificate and a UK MoT test certificate which expires in October 2016. Offering the new owner one of the best examples of iconic British motoring history, this head turner can only be described as being in exceptional condition throughout and should also prove to be a solid, blue-chip investment for the future.