Lot 185 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)
|Odometer reading||18,552 miles|
|Estimate||£98,000 - £115,000|
- Invoices dating back to the 1980s
- Engine and gearbox rebuilt within the last eight months
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breath-taking styling and low-price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. 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 on to 150mph.
This matching numbers Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster is finished in Carmen Red with black leather interior. When manufactured it was in left hand drive guise and shipped to the US, it was then repatriated to the U.K. and converted to right hand drive some 30 years ago. More recently the car has undergone major work with the engine being fully rebuilt by Classic and Modern Engine Services of Bracknell in September 2022. The Moss gearbox was rebuilt in August 2022 by Hardy Engineering. Sitting proudly on unmarked chrome wire wheels, this beautiful E-Type also benefits from having a new Mohair hood. We are advised this Jaguar drives with no known faults and is supplied with a V5C registration document, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and invoices dating back to the 1980s. This is a perfectly useable example of one of the finest cars ever to leave Browns Lane.
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