Upon its introduction at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar’s E Type was an immediate hit, with its sleek design backed up by staggering performance. The newcomer’s appearance owed much to that of the racing D Type and indeed the E Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor.
Just as with 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-SU carburettor fed ‘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 onto the front 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.
The car offered here was originally exported to the US, and was retained by the original owner until 1986. Following its sale to the second owner – who kept the car until only last year – it was restored in 2010, at which point the car had covered only 63,000 miles.
Upon sale to the vendor in 2016, the car was restored again – this time to show quality standard – and all major components such as the bodywork, engine, brake system, interior, paint and chromework were either overhauled or replaced as necessary.
Now showing just under 68,000 miles in total, the car is immaculately presented in signal red with tan leather interior. The accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms that it retains its original engine, and is ready to be enjoyed immediately by its fortunate new owner.