Lot 148 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)
|Sold - £97,440
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 sports car 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 Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Aesthetically beautiful yet stunningly quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.
Originally dispatched from Jaguar Cars on 12th April 1962 to their New York dealer, this E-Type was repatriated to the UK in 1991. The original registered keeper in the UK was responsible for importing the car from Florida and, after carrying out some fairly extensive restoration work and converting her to righthand drive, he enjoyed this Jaguar for some 21 years. The current vendor purchased the car in 2012 and has carried out a significant amount of mechanical work on VSU473, including a full engine rebuild, new clutch and overhauling the brake callipers. Currently in need of some refreshing of the paintwork and trim, although it must be noted that she is in perfectly a useable condition, she is currently MoT'd. Supplied with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirming this is a matching numbers example, including the original Moss gearbox, a good history folder with plenty of receipts accompanies this Series I E-type. Recent sales of such examples in comparison indicate this 3.8 roadster to be very attractively estimated.
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