The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster

Lot No.: 732

Registration: 718 WK
Chassis Number: 876765
Engine Number: R4203-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3800cc
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Sold for (£): Unsold

With Jaguar's racing successes in the 1950s still fresh in the memory, it's no wonder the E-Type captured the hearts and minds of a patriotic public at launch, and if all E-Types aged as gracefully as the car offered here, then it's easy to understand why that affection continues today. The Series I, as it later became known, was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, and UK cars began to appear in showrooms some four months later in early July. The cars were initially fitted with the triple SU carburetted, 3.8-litre, six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S mated to a Moss (EB) 4-speed gearbox.

This stunning, left-hand drive, Jaguar E-Type was supplied new on 22nd February 1962 to a Mr R.S. Reid of Aspen Colorado. According to the Heritage Certificate, the car was handed over at the works and UK registered with the registration number 718 WK, which is still present on the car today. When the car was repatriated in 2015, the original number plate was re-allocated to the car.

This example was then purchased by our vendor last year and he has recently had the car fully serviced with an oil and filter change. Patently, the car has been restored and there are bills and receipts in the history file detailing lots of expenditure. The car has covered a negligible mileage since it was restored and is presented today in superb condition. The panel fit is excellent, the bodywork has been finished to a very high standard, and the paintwork retains a good shine. The interior is in superb order and the engine bay has been beautifully detailed. The engine block and head match the Heritage Certificate and the car drove very well on test.

This Jaguar E-Type is supplied with a current UK Registration Certificate and copies of its works registration allocation. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an E-Type in such good condition whilst retaining its original feel and encouraging usability. We welcome all pre-sale inspections and bidders should contact the office for further details.

The Series I E-Type Roadster has seen a rapid rise in popularity in the last 2 years and we feel this is completely justified. This car must be seen to be appreciated and can be driven away from the auction.