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 wonderful example was first delivered new to Henlys of London in July of 1962, finished in Opalescent Gunmetal with a Red leather interior. The first owner, a british diplomat based in Paris, specified the car with a lower compression cylinder head with which to cope with the poorer grade of fuel available in France at the time. Later returning to the UK, he had the cylinder head replaced with one of the correct compression ratio, which was duly fitted to the car to improve performance, and is still fitted today.
In current ownership our vendor, a Jaguar enthusiast and serial owner/restorer, undertook a detailed restoration to the condition you see here, finished in Carmen Red with a Tan leather interior. During the restoration the engine work was completed by specialist VSE, and in more recent times the 3.8 litre motor has benefitted from a retune by leading Jaguar expert Robert Thredder. Now very much on the button and ready to enjoy, this is a fine example of Jaguar’s definitive sportscar of the 1960s.