Lot 208 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé 3.8 Litre Restoration
|Estimate||£35,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,000|
- Original right hand drive, UK supplied example
- Matching engine and chassis numbers
- Full restoration project
Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with its 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 and 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.
First registered in the second year of E-Type production on 11th December 1962, this early chassis #861041 original right hand drive 3.8 litre coupé was recently discovered in a barn in the South of England by the now owner - a Jaguar enthusiast. What he found was an original UK car boasting its original supplied registration plate in need of full restoration but, nevertheless, complete with the all important 3.8 engine block, head and chassis all matching the original Heritage Certificate supplied from Jaguar. Our vendor was told that a vast majority of the parts are present and will naturally come with the car although some are in better condition than others and may require replacing. We would advise viewing to ascertain which parts are present and require replacing or restoration but are confident that any bidder would be excited by the prospect.
The original colour is the rare and desirable combination of Opalescent Maroon with grey leather trim, which remains in an unrestored, barn find condition and, upon inspection, some of the panels still retain original chalk marks from the factory. Supplied with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate and a V5C log book, it is now rare to find an early example of Jaguar's iconic E-Type at such a price and destined to be restored to a quality not seen since it first rolled off the production line.