Lot 183 - 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster Flat Floor
|Result||Sold - £89,600|
- Genuine UK supplied right hand drive flat floor example
- Matching numbers example in its original colour combination
- Current ownership for 27 years
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.
Manufactured in 1961, chassis 850327 was delivered to its first owner Mr. J Langman of Gloucestershire in January 1962. Presented in its original specification of Old English White coachwork over a contrasting red interior and black hood, this E-Type is a matching numbers example. Treated to a comprehensive restoration in 1990 by Fulbridge Motor Company including extensive work to the body, and later in 1995 the engine was extensively rebuilt by Thoroughbred Car Services Ltd. More recently, this Jaguar was the subject of a respray in its original colour of Old English White coachwork. As such the paintwork presents in very good condition throughout with very few blemishes to report as does the interior. The E-Type is also fitted with an uprated rear differential for more user-friendly road use, although the original is offered with the car. The vendor reports that this E-Type drives as it should being used on the occasional weekend, and on our viewing, it fired up with ease and sounded superb!
Accompanying this very special flat floor is a sizeable history file including the Jaguar vehicle identification sheet, confirming its matching numbers status and original specification. Many old MoT test certificates, old sales invoices, service records, many invoices detailing the multiple restorations, photographs of the car during the current vendors ownership, and the current V5C registration document. A 3.8 litre ‘flat floor’ E-Type is a rare find and one as good as this, with its comprehensive history, is sure to appeal to collectors and investors alike.
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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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.