Lot 235 - 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster Flat-floor (3.8 litre)
|Odometer reading||26 miles|
|Estimate||£98,000 - £118,000|
- Restored to a high quality over a long period
- Matching numbers
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 spaceframe 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 motor car.
Extensively restored over a long period this Jaguar E-Type Series I presents beautifully in the delightful colour combination of Golden Sand with a tan interior. No stone has been left unturned in this nut and bolt restoration and the matching number engine has been rebuilt, as has the Moss gearbox. The rear axle has been overhauled and a new clutch fitted. The brakes, suspension and hoses have all been replaced and the paintwork has been carried out to a very good standard as has the re-trim. Early E-Types have lots of unique features to later cars, the doors were built in three parts and the rear boot drain tubes in the centre to name a couple. Eagle eyed enthusiasts will note this car has outside bonnet locks on the bonnet, this feature was only on the first 500 cars manufactured, with the feature stopping on chassis number 875385 on the US specification roadsters. This car is 18 cars outside of that range and it is thought the bonnet locks were fitted at a later date. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with an MoT test certificate valid until 11th September 2024, together with a collection of invoices. Rarely do we see cars of such outstanding quality with unmarked coachwork, new interior and hood together with impeccable brightwork. This really is a stunning E-Type that has covered minimal mileage since its nut and bolt restoration and will therefore require a shakedown period, with minor adjustments and repairs expected for a few weeks. This is one of the best Jaguar E-Types we have seen.
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