Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and a 150 mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type; a monocoque tub formed 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. The E-Type’s performance did not disappoint. Weighing in at around 500lb less than the XK150, and with aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer’s experience gained with the D-Type, Jaguar created one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
This beautiful example is one of the last 3.8 litre examples produced before jaguar moved to the less desirable 4.2 engines. The later 3.8 examples received a number of revisions and this particular car now has the later gearbox, longer rear axle and movable seats.
In recent years this car has undergone a comprehensive restoration brining it to the wonderful condition that it is in today. Invoices for all of the mechanical and cosmetic work can be found in the cars history file, alongside a Classic Data inspection and valuation report.
Having been given an excellent 2+ rating and a valuation of €175,000 by Classic Data speaks volumes to the lengths that this cars previous custodians have gone in maintaining the cars originality, and the energy given to bring this car back to its former glory.