Lot 164 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Coupé
|UK taxes paid
|£75,000 - £85,000
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 motorcar.
This lovely example is presented in Old English White with a red leather interior and red matching Webasto sunroof. We understand that this Jaguar is an original UK car which was exported to South Africa shortly after being built (possibly 1966) where it remained until recently. Boasting only two owners from new we are informed its iconic 3.8 litre engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox which is a replacement for its original four-speed gearbox from the factory. The car shows good patina and is offered with a NOVA letter from HMRC and it will be the responsibility of the buyer to register the car with the DVLA and it also comes with its original South African registration document. Sleek, pretty and good performance, these Series I E-Types are highly sought-after and in this classic colour combination, it is still a head turner.