Lot 172 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé (3.8 litre)
|Engine Number||RA 66789|
|Odometer reading||20,581 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture, yet when introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance - not even Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons, could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar E-Type. Built using methods derived from the motor racing XKS (D and C Type) of its era, the E-Type was a technical marvel. The light and rigid monocoque chassis used the engine itself as a structural part of the car, with the long and sleek bonnet hinged at the front. The headlights were beautifully covered with contoured Perspex for a free flowing design and improved aerodynamics. The car featured four-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes all around and a four-speed manual transmission. The proven XK power plant was carried over from the XK150 and made sure the lithe Jaguar would exceed the 150mph mark.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed. With spare parts readily available, a number of marque clubs to join and many driving and concours events to attend, the E-Type is an excellent, widely admired collector car.
Supplied new to Jaguar Cars New York and dispatched to its first owner, Miss R L Cooper on 20th May 1964, this matching numbers, 3.8 litre Series I is offered in its original colour combination of Old English White over a red leather interior. Treated to much restoration work in recent years, including an extensive brake overhaul and new interior, the cost of which totalling circa £45,000. The comprehensive history file details previous maintenance work, the restoration, a UK V5C registration document and recent MoT test certificates. This is a nicely presented and well-maintained example ready for use.
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