Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and a 150 mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type; a monocoque tub formed the main structure, while a tubular space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, ‘S’ unit first offered as an option on the XK150. The E-Type’s performance did not disappoint. Weighing in at around 500lb less than the XK150, and with aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer’s experience gained with the D-Type, Jaguar created one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
This incredible 3.8 roadster offers a race/fast road specification to die for. Delivered new on the 1st April 1964 to a US dry state, and repatriated to the UK in 1999, chassis 881361 has since enjoyed a £150,000+ program of restoration and road/race configuration work.
The basis of the restoration was a brand new body-shell matched to a lightweight bonnet. A new windscreen and perspex side windows were fitted, as was an integrated roll cage. The factory hardtop is retained. The engine was rebuilt and uprated by renowned specialist Rob Beere and includes a lightweight alternator and starter motor plus additional oil cooling. A multi-bladed cooling fan, custom air boxes and filters for the triple SU carburettors and fitted with a period 4 speed, all synchromesh Jaguar gearbox, completes the powerful and reliable drivetrain. The chassis was treated to AVO adjustable suspension front and rear, FIA specification Jaguar Mark 9 brakes and an uprated rear differential and torsion bars. For road use, wider chrome MWS wire wheels with 205/70VR15 Avon tyres are fitted and as a nod to comfort and civility, the heating and cooling system was rebuilt with a period look radio with remote USB/SD Card reader installed. Many further modifications were added to ensure FIA eligibility, all available upon request. If required, a conversion to RHD is non structural and could be completed for £2,000 – £3,000.
As a result, an FIA Historic Technical Passport is present, valid to January 2018, ensuring compliance for racing, hill climbs and rallies’. Since acquiring its HTP, this well sorted E-Type has been busy; to date taking part in the Monte Carlo Rally Historique, Monza Coppa Historica, the Oldtimer Grand Prix Marathon Race, The HSCC Guards Trophy, the E Type Challenge, Spa Summer Classics, and the Snetterton Autosport 3 hours race.
Beautiful in ever-popular Opalescent Silver Blue metallic paint, 881361 comes with a huge history file and full specification sheet, also invoices from expert restorers Southern Classics. Supplied with a current MoT, this truly unique E-Type is eligible for many significant historic events, or is equally at home as a (very) fast road car.