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.
This wonderful Flat Floor roadster was delivered new to Jaguar Cars of New York in January 1962, finished in its current colour scheme of Carmen Red with a Black leather interior, and destined for the first owner, a G.W Aghlli. By 1975 the E-Type was owned by a Robert T. Pasquale of Cherry Hill in New Jersey, who enjoyed the car for around 40 years before selling via the Beverley Hills Car Club to our vendor. The current owner commissioned a comprehensive ground-up restoration of the E-Type which has only recently been completed, with a handful of miles having been completed since.
Offered with a US title document, Jaguar Heritage certificate, a file of invoices for works completed, and with EU taxes paid, this is a great proposition for the Jaguar enthusiast.