Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming 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. 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.
The Jaguar 3.8 fixed head coupe is probably one of the most desirable ‘E’ types and this superb example has one of the best specifications one could wish for.
This lovely example is a matching numbers LHD U.S car that was originally delivered to Jaguar Motors New York in August 1962, ready for its first owner. Although delivered to the east coast the car spent most of its life in the dry states of the US, and since arriving in the UK in 2016 has undergone sympathetic renovation work. Included in this work was a bare metal re-spray to the original carmen red as well as having a new clutch and reupholstered seats fitted. The interior is genuinely very presentable, the original aluminium dashboard shows very little sign of wear as does the headlining and carpets. Showing a mere 88,000 miles on the odometer the car is in all round good condition; the body is straight and rust free and the engine bay is very clean. The history file that is supplied with the car includes many bills of maintenance work as well as a Jaguar heritage certificate and MoT. An exceptional early example ready to be driven on the open road or perhaps a future entrant in the Goodwood Revival / Members meeting Kinrara Trophy Pre 1963, including the essential already fitted 4.2 gearbox.