Lot 270 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 270 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 270 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot Number 270
Registration VNF 367A
Chassis Number 879578
Engine Number RA1997-9
Odometer reading 64,971 miles
Estimate £130,000 - £150,000
Result Sold - £130,000

Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and, secondly, because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.

This exquisite Series I roadster was dispatched in June 1963 with the first owner a Mr. J. Field of Iowa with the subsequent ownership of the car documented throughout to the present day to a total of only six owners.

The car was restored to exceptional factory specification, deserving of a significant E-Type and is a matching number example and went on to win multiple shows from 1992 to 2009 all of which are documented in the cars history file including twice winning the JCNA (Jaguar Clubs North America) National champion. The car also features on the front cover of Concours d`elegance program which is included in the file. Further documents include a UK V5 document, (all EU taxes have been paid) JDHT certificate and an MoT test certificate valid until May 2017. The car comes with full tool kit, owner's manuals and associated literature, the only modification to the car is an electronic ignition system but the original distributor is supplied. Testament to the attention to detail is the lead bag stitched into the hood which was a feature of early cars. Finished in the striking colour of British Racing Green with a contrasting tan interior, this superb, multiple concour winning motor car is described by the vendor as being 10 out of 10 in every respect and is perfect for the collector who always wanted an exceptional roadster. We would recommend close inspection of this fine, highly collectible example, which is ready for the show circuit or indeed to be enjoyed with the roof down on the open road.

 

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