Lot 342 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 342 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot 342 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

Lot Number 342
Registration RCA259B
Chassis Number 881503
Engine Number RA6639-9
Odometer reading 21,524 miles
Estimate £100,000 - £120,000
Result Sold - £116,000

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 space frame 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 manufactured on the 28th April 1964 and dispatched to distributor Peter Lindner in Frankfurt, Germany, on the 8th May 1964 with its first owner a Sgt. C McKinzie of the US Forces based in Germany. Highly desirable as it has undergone a nut and bolt restoration deserving of a significant E-Type; it was converted to righthand drive specification and finished in its original and striking colour combination of cream with a contrasting red interior. it also has a black hood with a matching hood cover keeping inclement weather at bay. A V5 document, a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, an Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook and an MoT test certificate valid until March 2017 accompany the car. A superb example, ready to be enjoyed with the roof down on the open road.

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.

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