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 500lb (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 Roadster is one of the most desirable E-Types and this excellent example is no exception. The car was originally despatched from Browns Lane on the 17th July 1964, destined for a Mr. W.E. Iverson in Rosemead California.
Later this stunning E-type found its way to Finland, since enjoying a huge “nut and bolt” restoration during 2013 and 2014.
Presented in its original shade of Ivory with a green leather interior, this lovely E-Type offers the next owner buyer a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the best of British motoring history. Given the recent soar in prices of early Series 1 E-Types, we would expect this to also be a solid investment whilst providing elegant, and joyous open-topped motoring. This early 3.8 Roadster is offered with a UK MoT certificate and UK V5 document.