Lot 206 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé (3.8 litre)

Lot 206 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé (3.8 litre)

Lot 206 - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé (3.8 litre)

Lot Number 206
Registration 868 XUY
Chassis Number 860297
Engine Number R4638-9
Estimate £84,000 - £92,000
  • Genuine right hand drive example
  • Upgraded brakes and gearbox

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 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.

This genuine right hand drive E-Type has undergone restoration work and as such, presents in very good order throughout. During the restoration the brakes were upgraded and the gearbox changed for a five-speed unit, both of these upgrades make the car significantly nice to drive, particularly over long distances. The red coachwork is in very good order as is the black leather interior. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with a history folder, we are advised the Jaguar drives as good as she looks. A stunning and graceful example of arguably the most desirable variant of the iconic E-Type.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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