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 roadster is probably one of the most desirable ‘E’ types and this superb example has one of the best specifications one could wish for. This car is an original and matching numbers LHD Californian car that was originally delivered to its first owner Mr. P Reneira Jr, of Half Moon Bay in California. The car spent most of its life in the dry states of the US, and since arriving in the UK a few years ago, the car has been restored to a very high and original standard, and since its restoration the car has driven under 100 miles.
Chassis number 877200 is offered with a Jaguar Heritage certificate and numerous restoration records/invoices and is awaiting its Swansea V5C UK registration document.
Presented in Silver with Black leather upholstery, this is in absolutely exquisite car and a fine example of this true British sports car. We feel that this car offers a buyer a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the best of British motoring history and given the recent soar in prices of early series 1 E-Types we would expect this to also be a solid investment that will see a strong return on investment, whilst providing elegant, and joyous drop-top motoring.
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