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.
This exceptionally rare example of the early Series 1 3.8 model has enjoyed the ownership of just one family from new. On 13th December 1962, chassis 878720 left the factory for its long maiden voyage to New York, where on arrival it was registered to Mr. Frank Blair on 16th April 1963. We note in the file is an invoice stating additional options specified, such as seat belts and wing mirrors. In 1982, Mr Frank Blair passed his precious much loved car to his son, Dennis Blair, who continued to maintain and uphold its pristine condition.
The level of originality of this E-Type really is breath-taking. All original documentation has been preserved and presented in its original wallet. Also included are the original bill of sale, temporary certificate of registration, Jaguar periodic maintenance vouchers, manufacturer’s warranty, Jaguar overseas distributor and dealers booklet, also operating, maintenance and service handbooks. Furthermore the E-Type is supplied with its original keys, toolkit, jack and tonneau cover. Amazingly the body number, hand written in the factory, is still clearly visible on the fire wall.
Showing a mere 42,000 miles recorded from new, this genuine one-family car is offered in very well preserved condition. An extremely sound investment, and quite possibly a unique opportunity for the Jaguar enthusiast.