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.
This early matching numbers example of the Series 1 3.8 was sold via Jaguar Cars New York to a Mr. W M. Polglase, who took delivery of his brand new Jaguar just in time for the summer of 1962. The Jaguar was finished in the classic combination of Carmen Red with a black leather interior.
Presented in good condition (with the exception of the interior which is starting to show its age a little), this original and well preserved E-Type is perfect for either light sympathetic restoration or a full concours rebuild. The E-Type is offered with EU taxes paid and the associated NOVA reference for future registration in the UK or abroad. With the price of restored cars selling regularly for over £200,000, we feel this example is very well priced in the current market.