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1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupé
Lot No.: 524
Chassis Number: 861395
Engine Number: RA4614-9
Number of cylinders: 6
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Estimate (£): 80,000 - 95,000
There have been volumes written about the Jaguar E-Type, indeed there is no other British car, apart from perhaps the Mini, that has generated such a cult following. So it's probably more appropriate to concentrate on the many merits of this exceptional E-Type Fixed Head Coupé on offer today.
Dispatched to Parkers (Manchester & Bolton) Ltd. on the 24th of December 1963 and registered as RCW 7 to it's first, and unfortunately anonymous, owner on the 2nd of January 1964. Whoever he was, we assume his initials were RCW, and he kept the car until 11th August 1972 when it was bought by a Mr. Raymond Knight of Exeter. Remaining in the county, the car changed hands on the 30th of September, 1977 to become the pride and joy of Adrian Harris, again of Exeter, who kept the car for a further nine years before it crossed the border into Somerset and into the custodianship of Peter Kerr of Bridgwater in Somerset in September 1987. Mr. Kerr was to keep the car for twenty-one years, only covering 500 in the last 18 years of his ownership. On the 1st October 2008, a Mrs. Angela Greenwood of Bristol bought the car keeping it until 21st March 2013, when it moved to our vendor's house in Bath. If this Jaguar could talk, it would undoubtedly do so with a West Country burr!
Having travelled less than 5,000 miles in thirty-eight years, and now showing a shade under 69,000 miles, our vendor decided to undertake a meticulous mechanical and body restoration. Included within the extensive renovation were, new prop shafts, rebuilt suspension, uprated brakes, an engine rebuild, and the gearbox was changed to a Getrag 5-speed T5 to enhance driveability These works were complemented by a fresh coat of paint in period Opalescent Dark Grey and this lovely Jaguar was rejuvenated at a cost (we understand) of some £45,000.
Superbly presented today, the car is in possession of a fresh MOT, a super history file that includes the restoration invoices, and will be accompanied by the original Moss Box, EB 12731 JS (which will need recommissioning), to allay any concerns about a lack of originality. The car has been reluctantly offered for sale by our vendor, as his substantial collection of Rolls and Bentleys means that the E-Type has only been driven a handful of times in four years.
To conclude, it is our pleasure to offer an early E-Type that is now ready to be enjoyed this Spring by its lucky new owner.