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. It was the match for any exotic thoroughbred then available, and combined superb road-holding with remarkable docility. Furthermore, the sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree could be bought for just over £2,000: roughly half the cost of a comparable 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’, and was mated to the proven Moss four-speed gearbox. Beneath the Malcolm Sayer-styled body, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes – ground breaking territory at the time, given that Ferrari were still persisting with live axles on their entire 250 GT range.
Coys is proud to offer this remarkably original Series 1 Roadster, which has been in the ownership of one family since new. Purchased in 1963 from German Jaguar importer (and renowned Lightweight E type racer) Peter Lindner, it has covered a mere 28,000 kilometres from new. It is finished in the original colour scheme of Opalescent maroon with beige leather interior and black hood, and although some bodywork areas have been resprayed at some stage, the majority of the paintwork appears to still be original. The interior in a similar condition, with only minimal repair work having been carried out on an “as necessary” basis over the past 54 years.
The car’s history file retains all original registration documents, numerous invoices and other paperwork relating to maintenance, and is augmented by a Jaguar Heritage Certificate which confirms the car as being matching numbers.
Of all E type variants, the Series 1 Roadster remains the most highly prized. To find one available in such remarkably original condition, and with such impeccable provenance, is a rare opportunity indeed.