When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar’s E-Type stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. The newcomer’s design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor.
Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carbureted, ‘S’ unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150.
With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type’s performance furthered the standards set by the preceding XK models: firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs 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.
Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward subframe. At the rear the E-Type’s suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.
The E-type on offer today, is a matching numbers Series 1 coupe – Most notably it was delivered new to the English actor Sebastian Cabot in Santa Monica California in April 1967. Sebastian was best remembered as the gentleman’s gentleman, Giles French, opposite Brian Keith’s character, in the sitcom Family Affair. The car was delivered in Carmen Red with black and was fitted with a electric Goldie sunroof. Cabot kept the car until his death when the car was sold to a Mr John Davison a Jaguar garage proprietor on Vancouver Island who kept the car for the next 25 years and never drove it. Davison eventually had the car resprayed in red again in preparation for passing it on to his daughter – who decided she didn’t want it – the car then passed to its third owner in 2006.
During his ownership the car was uprated to run with an electronic distributor, an alloy radiator and more efficient electric fan was fitted- all sensible upgrades.
Most recently (2014) the engine and gearbox were removed in order to renew the clutch , a new clutch was fitted along with release bearings, input shaft bush and the flywheel was skimmed. The engine crankshaft was renewed in order to fit a modern rear seal, the crankshaft front seal and timing chain were also replaced as were the main and big end shells after the crankshaft was polished. The gearbox was inspected and input and output seals renewed. The engine was rebuilt- leaving the car in the magnificent mechanical order it presents today.
The rear sub frame assembly was removed and new brake callipers were fitted , new brake pads fitted , new brake lines including a remote bleed facility and a full set of adjustable shock absorbers fitted. Finally a new set of MWS wire wheels were fitted together with new period tyres.
The car comes complete with its north Central America sales certificate, manufacturers warranty 1967, maintenance vouchers, blaupunkt handbook, drivers handbook and invoices and documents dating back to 1967 along with its Jaguar heritage certificate, this is an exceptionally well sorted example with low mileage and excellent provenance from new.