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: roughly half the cost of a comparable Aston Martin or Ferrari.
A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 ‘S’, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.
Supplied new in January 1963 by Jaguar Cars New York to a Mr. E. McKinnis, the car remains in its original Carmen Red, with an immaculate Doeskin beige interior. Described by the vendor to be in excellent condition throughout, this early E-Type Roadster is arguably the most desirable specification and is considered the pinnacle of E-Type motoring.
Having recently been subjected to an extensive and thorough renovation in the UK by a classic Jaguar specialist, the car is provided with a current MOT and is now UK Registered. Included in the cars history file are numerous invoices depicting the works undertaken in the UK.
The car remains true to its original specification, with the exception of the addition of Wilwood brakes, alternator and a negative earth electrical system – all retrofitted for increased usability and all of which can be easily reversed for the purists out there.