On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation. With all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results, that not only recorded a 150mph top speed but also 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and the match of any exotic thoroughbred then available, combined with superb road-holding and remarkable docility.
One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over £2,000, almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 ‘S’, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios.
Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.
Built in 1967, this left hand drive roadster was delivered new to California before being imported to the Netherlands and finally coming to the UK. The current vendor has kept the car in a climate controlled garage and has recently lavished an extensive mechanical and electrical overhaul to the tune of £7,000 on the car. This work was carried out by marque specialist, Winspeed Motorsport of Guildford and the supporting invoices can be seen in the history file. Presented in the original colour combination of Ascot Fawn with Cinnamon leather interior, which is showing a wonderful patina, this car has an exceptional panel fit that belies its age. The current vendor has recently paid EU Taxes on the vehicle and so it is ready to be registered by the lucky new owner. A wonderful example of what is widely regarded as the most desirable of the E Type series and offered at an exceptionally low reserve.