With the launch of both the SS100 and the XK120, Jaguar had shocked the automotive world. However, sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture – yet not even Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons, could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar E-Type.
When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar stirred passions with its sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. Constructed using methods derived from the D-Type sports racing car, the E-Type was a technical marvel. The light and rigid monocoque chassis, with separate front sub-frame and long, sleek bonnet borrowed heavily from D type practice. The headlights were beautifully recessed in the fenders, and covered with contoured Perspex for a free flowing design and improved aerodynamics. The car featured 4-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes all around and a 4-speed manual transmission. The proven XK power plant was carried over from the XK150, and made sure the lithe Jaguar would exceed the 150mph mark.
According to its Jaguar-Daimler Heritage certificate, this superb Jaguar E-Type coupe was manufactured in December 1963 and was despatched in January 1964 to the well known German Jaguar importer Peter Lindner of Frankfurt.
The car has been restored – according to the vendor, at a cost in excess of € 100.000 – and is finished in a fetching shade of grey-blue, very similar to its original colour. The car has been uprated to “fast road” specification, and boasts three Weber carburettors, tubular exhaust manifold and wider Dunlop-style wheels, similar to those fitted to the legendary Lightweights. Furthermore, the car has been beautifully trimmed and is fitted with sports bucket seats finished in red leather with cloth inserts.
Equally suited for either road or light competition use, this E type represents a rare opportunity to acquire a sensitively modified example of one of the world’s truly great cars.