Lot 164 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)
|Odometer reading||374 miles|
|Estimate||£140,000 - £170,000|
- Nut and bolt restored to a very high standard
- Has covered only 374 miles since the restoration
Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with 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/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 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.
This E-Type has been nut and bolt restored and presents in stunning condition. The bodywork was stripped and any corrosion cut-out and repaired as necessary. Mechanically it has been very well cared for having been converted from left hand to right hand drive. The engine was stripped and rebuilt, as was the suspension and brakes. The electrical system was also taken care of, with everything working as it should. The metallic grey coachwork is unmarked and is complemented by burgundy leather interior. The trim work, like the rest of the car, has been done to an excellent standard. Open the bonnet and the quality of this E-Type is plainly evident, the engine with its polished cam covers glistens and the underside of the bonnet is painted to a finish commensurate of such a splendid example. Underneath, this Jaguar is unmarked and mechanically she is faultless with the six-cylinder engine sounding superb; we are advised she drives impeccably. Rarely do we see cars of such outstanding quality with unmarked coachwork, new interior and hood together with impeccable brightwork. This really is one of the best Jaguar E-Types we have seen.
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