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. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, ‘S’ unit first offered as an option on the XK150. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type’s performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) 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.
The Jaguar 3.8 fixed head coupe is probably one of the most desirable ‘E’ types and this superb example has one of the best specifications one could wish for.
Chassis number 860911 rolled off the production line in October 1962. Presented in its original specification, old English white over a light blue interior and fitted with its original 3.8 litre motor and 4 speed moss gearbox.
In fantastic condition this example has been subject to much restoration work throughout recent years with well over £40,000 being spent. The work included a full bare metal re spray as well as maintenance work to the engine and interior.
The comprehensive history file that accompanies the car includes many invoices of work carried out as well as photos of the restoration. Also included are many Mot test certificates, dating back to 1979 where the odometer reading was 43,000 miles. Every Mot from 1991 to 2018 is documented and suggests the current mileage reading of 54,750 to be genuine.
Offered with its original registration number ‘696 VC’, UK registration document and comprehensive history file this wonderful early E-type is one of few Right-hand Drive ‘Ali dash’ examples. The engine is strong and the panels and body present very well. Ready to be used in the coming summer months.