Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming 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. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type’s performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 227kg less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
The Jaguar 3.8 fixed head coupe is probably one of the most desirable ‘E’ types, unquestionably the most beautiful, and this superb example has one of the best specifications one could wish for.
Finished in Opalescent sand with black leather interior, this superb example underwent an extensive restoration in 1991 and a further nut and bolt restoration between 2015 and 2017, which as you would expect included an engine rebuild. Still retaining its original colour combination, the car has however had the very important and appropriate changes to its rear-axle ratio. The restoration has been well-documented and included in the history file is a love photo album.
Having traveled a mere 2,000 miles since completion of its nut and bolt restoration, the car can be described as nicely ‘driven in’ and is said to drive beautifully. Offered at what must be a fraction of the price such a restoration would cost, this lot is not to be missed.