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1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster
Lot No.: 522
Registration: BDV 674B
Chassis Number: 881806
Engine Number: RA7297-9
Number of cylinders: 6
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Sold for (£): 123,750
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 in Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue interior on 3rd July 1964. According to the Heritage Certificate, the car was delivered to Jaguar Cars, New York and subsequently registered to a Mr.A.E.Erickson of Mercer Island, Washington. In March 1976, a registration certificate was issued in the dry state of Arizona, which is where this car remained until it was brought to the UK in 2004.
This example was then purchased by our vendor in March 2007 as a complete and very original restoration project. A painstaking rebuild began in earnest and the restoration was carried out over a four-year period by our vendor, his mechanic and a number of specialists. There are a large number of bills and receipts in the history file for parts purchased.
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 was completely re-trimmed in Italian leather and the engine bay has been beautifully detailed. The engine block and head match the Heritage Certificate and the vendor will have the car taken to Jaguar specialists Lanes Cars prior to the auction where it will be serviced and a condition report prepared. This will be available to prospective buyers before the auction.
This Jaguar E-Type is supplied with a current UK Registration Certificate and copies of its previous Arizona title. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an E-Type restored to this level and yet retaining its original feel and its original colour combination. We welcome all pre-sale inspections and bidders should contact the office for further details and a copy of the aforementioned condition report.