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 could be bought for just over £2,000 almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. 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 20th September 1962 and despatched on the 11th October, this original right hand drive, matching numbers example was unusually sold through Claparede in Geneva, Switzerland. The car has resided in Switzerland until several months ago; for many years it has been part of a prominent Swiss collection and used regularly on many events whilst in his ownership and only earlier this year the car has returned to the UK and is now UK registered.
Supplied with the car are substantial bills from Swiss specialists totalling over £10,000 in March 2012 and a further £2,300 in May 2013 with the car described as being in excellent mechanical order and has recently just been MoT’d.
Resplendent in its original colour combination of Old English White with a contrasting biscuit interior and black hood and hood bag, this fine example has a 5 speed Getrag gearbox enabling high speed cruising; an extremely desirable option for long distance touring.
Supplied with a UK V5 document, Heritage Trust Certificate, current MoT certificate and aforementioned bills, this is one of the most revered and recognisable classics of all. This wonderful E-Type offers an almost unparalleled opportunity to enjoy one of the most famous classic sport scars of all time.