Lot 183 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot 183 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot 183 - 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (3.8 litre)

Lot Number 183
Registration 8157 WK
Chassis Number 881403
Odometer reading 3,671 miles
Estimate £115,000 - £135,000

Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking 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 early Jaguar E-Type was originally sold to a US air force man when he was based in the UK. The car was manufactured in left hand drive guise although it was registered in the UK, hence the desirable WK registration plate. The owner took the car to the US with him when he returned there, as was always his original plan. The car was repatriated to the UK in 2022 and it was professionally converted to right hand drive by respected marque specialists Twyford Moors. Clearly a restoration project has been carried out as this Series I Roadster presents in beautiful condition throughout. Unfortunately, little is known as to who carried out the restoration as is often the case with cars from the US. Finished in the desirable colour combination of Carmen Red with a black leather trim, this Jaguar is supplied with a V5C registration document together with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. This highly useable Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 litre Roadster offers practicality and desirability in one complete package.

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