Lot 168 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)
|Odometer reading||62,944 miles|
|Estimate||£128,000 - £145,000|
The E-Types stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines when launched and column inches to the moon and back have been written about it since. There was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin however, 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 265bhp on tap, the E-Type's matched its exquisite lines with power and speed, the world owes aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer a huge debt of gratitude when he used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
Dispatched in June 1963 with the first owner a Mr. J. Field of Iowa, this beautifully prepared Series I roadster has the subsequent ownership of the car documented throughout to the present day.
The car was restored to exceptional factory specification, certainly deserving of an E-Type of this significance and should be noted that this is a matching number example. Stateside, this fine example has won 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 for a year. 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 concours winning motor car is superb and ideal for the collector who has always hankered after 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.