On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results that not only recorded a 150mph top speed, but also 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and the match of any exotic thoroughbred then available, combined with superb road-holding and remarkable docility.
One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over £2,000, a vast amount of money for its time. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing.
Delivered new to Milan on the 18th of July 1963 and offered with its original Italian license plate, #888861 is finished in the same desirable colour combination that it left the factory; Gun Metal grey with black leather interior. Meticulously restored with great attention to detail, the overhauled engine has only run 6,800km since and remains in very good condition with perfect compression (test result available on request).
Primed and ready for the next 50 years of its life, the beautiful E-type on offer here today comes with an extensive history file that contains its service manual, Heritage certificate, recorded ownership history, original Italian license plate and numerous supplementary documentation and invoices.