Lot 231 - 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé Flat-Floor (3.8 litre)

Lot 231 - 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé Flat-Floor (3.8 litre)

Lot 231 - 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé Flat-Floor (3.8 litre)

Lot Number 231
Registration UK taxes paid
Chassis Number 885212
Engine Number R2740-9
Estimate £130,000 - £160,000

Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring, whilst early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph and it remains, for many, the ultimate production Jaguar.

Manufactured on 17th November 1961 and despatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on 2nd December, this flat-floor Jaguar presents in good all round condition having benefitted from a significant amount of restoration work. The Gunmetal paintwork is in good order as is the leather interior. The 3.8 litre engine runs well and with good oil pressure. The gearbox changes smoothly and the car certainly drives with alacrity. These iconic cars of the 60’s always create interest and one such as this flat-floor example will always have that added bit of desirability especially with this being the year that celebrates 60 years of the Jaguar E-type. Good quality Series I Coupés are rare and highly sought after; this example certainly falls into that category.

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