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1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC

Lot No.: 356

Registration: BDV 686B
Chassis Number: 889937
Engine Number: V7443
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3800
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Estimate (£): 80,000 - 95,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

Introduced in May 1961, the Jaguar E-type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupé was a sensation with fabulous looks and amazing performance unrivalled at the price. Often heralded as the most beautiful car of all time, Jaguar, not surprisingly, made no significant changes until the introduction of the 4.2 engine in October 1964.

According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, this, left-hand drive, Series 1 3.8 Fixed-head Coupé, was distributed to Jaguar Cars, New York in early 1964. Originally supplied in Opalescent Gold Sand with a black interior this ‘matching numbers’, manual gearbox car was returned to the UK in 2014 and has since enjoyed an 18-month ‘body off’ restoration. 

The car was taken back to bare metal and some new panels were fitted before being superbly finished in gleaming Carmen Red. The interior was also totally refurbished in Black leather which, according to the vendor is “95% new and 5% original”, and a new Beige headlining was carefully fitted. Other work included a new stainless steel exhaust, an uprated radiator, mainly new wiring looms, an alternator conversion, and the rear hubs were overhauled. Lots of the other minor jobs, inherent in any major restoration, were carried out along with hours of detailing and the car was finished last year. The new door seals need bedding in, a task best accomplished by using the car on a regular basis. The overall presentation of this Carmen Red car is delightful with a lovely interior and a superb engine bay. 

The Series 1, 3.8 Fixed Head Coupé is seen by many as the most attractive of all, with its svelte silhouette, graceful curves and purity of line, and freshly MoT'd, this most desirable of E-Types is now ready to be enjoyed.