Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. 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 extremely 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 used the engine itself as a structural part of the car, with the long and sleek bonnet hinged at the front. 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.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed. With spare parts readily available, a number of marque clubs to join and many driving and concours events to attend, the E-Type is an excellent, widely admired collector car.
This nice UK-delivered example was despatched on 7th August 1963 to its lucky first owner via the famous Jaguar dealer Coombs of Guildford, later being the beneficiary of a comprehensive restoration to the bodywork, mechanics and interior trim. During the rebuild the engine was converted to run on unleaded, and the suspension and brakes rebuilt with new components as required. Notably the suspension was uprated with adjustable shock absorbers, the final drive was upgraded with a 3.31:1 Powerlok differential, and the wheels were replaced with six-inch wide Competition items. Following the restoration in the late 1990s the car was retained by its owner until being sold through Coys to our current vendor in 2006.
With just two owners in the last 26 years, and offered with a Jaguar heritage certificate and older green logbook, this is a delightful usable E-Type which is ready to be enjoyed to the full by its next owner.