Lot 177 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 Litre)
- Matching numbers example
- Recent extensive restoration
- Offered with the desirable factory hardtop
Introduced in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with its 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 sportscars 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. Mainly because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 but also, 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.
Delivered new on 12th March 1964 to Jaguar Cars New York, this wonderful matching numbers example is finished in the very elegant colour combination of metallic black coachwork over a red leather interior and comes complete with the desirable factory hardtop. Recently the subject of a comprehensive restoration undertaken by a marque specialists, this E-Type has undergone a conversion to right hand drive, a full bare metal respray, an extensive mechanical rebuild, and a complete interior retrim including a new hood and restored Smiths dials. The engine, gearbox, and rear differential were comprehensively rebuilt by Rushton Engineering Ltd. This very well-presented example has had a vast amount of money spent on it during its restoration and comes complete with a history file detailing the restoration, photographs of the rebuild, many sundry invoices, its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, and the current UK registration document. The perfect candidate for those long-distance continental tours or that summer trip to the south of France.
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