Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer’s design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main 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. 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. Taller drivers though, could find the interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor, modifications) early in 1962. But of all the versions of Jaguar’s long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early ‘flat floor’ 3.8-litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.
Produced on the 14th of October 1961, #860015 was shipped to its original distributor, Rossleigh Jaguars in Edinburgh on the 27th of October 1961 as an original RHD Coupe and was the fifteenth car off the production line.
Most importantly #15 was finished in special order Scottish Thistle Pearl White, specifically for the Scottish Motorshow 1961 where this car was displayed to unveil the E-type to the eager and excited British public.
Sold from the Motor show stand the car became the first Coupe Birmingham saw ( photos on file) purchased and subsequently registered to its first owner Mr. N Moore under the registration YSG 547, as confirmed by a copy of the sales ledger.
Finished in the same unique and beautiful colour combination with its striking contrasting light blue interior it is presented today to the exact specification of the 1961 Motor Show. Also included in the history file is its original continuation logbook from 1969 which shows that the car was still registered with its original number TSG 549 right up until its last entry in 1979 when the car was purchased by its last owner, Mr. William Brian Johnstone. In 2014 the car was purchased from Mr. Johnstone’s Widow and subsequently underwent a professional body-off restoration by renowned marque specialists Classic Motor Cars ltd (CMC), costing in excess of £200,000 GBP and taking over 4,000 hours, with a breath-taking result.
Now presented in similar if not better condition that when it rolled off the production line in October 1961, #860015 is being offered for sale for the first time in over 40 years.