Lot 168 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot 168 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot 168 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot Number 168
Registration YNF367A
Chassis Number 879578
Engine Number RA1997-9
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.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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