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 almost half the cost of an 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.
Beautifully finished in Peal black with matching Black leather interior, this rare and desirable flat floor has benefited from a comprehensive restoration of its bodywork and general cosmetics. In 2016 further attention has been given to the mechanics where necessary, including work to the carburettors and electrics.
One of the most revered E-Types, offered in its earliest and purest form this fine ‘matching numbers’ example is supplied with EU Taxes paid and is described to be in good condition all-round. This is a particularly notable, rare example of one of the most iconic sports cars of the 1960s.
D’une belle couleur noir nacré avec un intérieur en cuir noir assorti cette rare voiture à plancher plat a bénéficié d’une restauration de sa carrosserie et d’un embellissement général. En 2016 on a accordé plus d’attention à la mécanique avec en particulier des travaux sur les carburateurs et le circuit électrique.
Une des E-Types les plus admirées, ‘matching numbers’, présentée dans sa forme originale des plus pures, ce beau modèle est livré avec les taxes Européennes payées et est en très bon état général. C’est un exemple particulièrement rare de ces voitures de sport iconiques des années 1960.