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 one of the most desirable E-Types and this superb example has one of the best specifications one could wish for. This fabulous matching numbers car, built on 16th March 1962, is believed to have covered a mere 15,000 miles from new. Despatched to its first owner in Ireland, 1258 WK went on to spend many years of its life in the kind climate of France.
Since being brought back into the UK, 1258 WK has enjoyed a 2 year rebuild to exacting standards, which has just been completed. As such this stunning car is described as being in excellent condition in all respects.
Presented in its original shade of special order black with red leather upholstery, this is an absolutely exquisite car. This lovely E-Type offers the next owner buyer a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the best of British motoring history. Given the recent soar in prices of early Series 1 E-Types, we would expect this to also be a solid investment whilst providing elegant, and joyous open-topped motoring.
1258 WK is offered with a MoT certificate and UK V5 document, in addition to invoices and receipts to support its extensive restoration.
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