Lot 171 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster Flat Floor
|Odometer reading||2,334 miles|
|Estimate||£100,000 - £130,000|
|Result||Sold - £86,240|
The Jaguar E-Type introduced in May 1961 caused a major sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. The monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The same 3.8 litre unit was used with a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because of the experience gained with the D-Type, they created one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels, those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight. Only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, with the durable four-speed Moss gearbox that it retained. It is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8 litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.
Supplied new by Fields Engineering, Sussex and dispatched to its first owner on 17th April 1962, this well-presented E-Type is offered in its original colour combination of Old English White over a dark blue interior. Having been part of a private collection for many years it is believed this E-Type was subject to an extensive restoration circa 20 years ago. Since then the car has reportedly covered circa 2,334 miles. The paintwork is still in very good condition with very few blemishes to show, the interior also presents nicely. It is also reported to be in good running and driving order having been used occasionally over the summer months.
At some stage during its life the DVLA have given the car the following chassis number: SABTVR03970243943. However, the Jaguar Production Record Trace Certificate, chassis stamp and chassis plate all state that the chassis number is 850479 with the original engine (engine number R4971-9). The history file that accompanies this car includes a Jaguar Production Record Trace Certificate, various sundry invoices and the current V5 registration document. Fit for any keen enthusiast or private collector, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Interested parties should note that contrary to the catalogue description, this vehicle is a non-matching numbers example. Please also note that the vehicle is DVLA registered as a 1962 Jaguar E-Type and is assigned and registered with chassis number SABTVR03970243943.
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