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 was 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.
Manufactured on the 24th of August 1962 this is an excellent matching numbers example of arguably the most sought after specification for any E-Type; an early Series 1 3.8 Roadster.
Still fitted with its original triple SU carburettors and complimented with the original factory 4- speed manual Moss gearbox, this very early and usable Series 1 3.8 litre roadster is offered in outstanding condition and has been part of a private collection where it has been cherished for a number years. It’s clear to see that the climate controlled environment where she has lived in has done her proud.
Finished in Metallic Silver with full blue leather and corresponding blue carpets, she looks fabulous while boasting matching numbers to the Jaguar Heritage certificate. Having undergone light restoration work in 1994, MoT’s dating back to 2006 would indicate that the car has done a mere 7000 miles since.
The interior is in excellent condition with the original sport seats, aluminium dash and wood & aluminium steering wheel. The blue soft top is in fabulous condition and comes with matching hood cover. All the chrome work, wire wheels and body lines are as new.
This car is in excellent condition in all respects, and rather unsurprisingly is described to ‘start every time and drive like a dream’. Looking through the extensive history file and service invoices, its plain to see that the car has been loved and well maintained though-out her life. With the iconic E-Type considered to be an ever appreciating asset, this very early example is not to be missed.