International Trophy Sale 2013

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixedhead Coupe, Chassis #51

Lot No.: 326

Registration: 357 NME
Chassis Number: 860051
Engine Number: R2791.9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3800
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Sold for (£): Unsold

Since Jaguar launched the phenomenal E-Type in July 1961 to great acclaim, the early pre-production cars or 'flat floors' as they were known, have since become highly desirable and are now regarded as the most collectable, and potentially most valuable, of all E-Types ever built.

Rarely do they come to market, and even more rarely are they seen in the exceptional and highly original condition as the one offered here today. Built as an original right hand drive UK car in November 1961, and first registered in Jan 1962, this car is finished in its original colour scheme of Opalescent Silver with red leather upholstery. The car has 'matching numbers' and thus retains the original engine and correct Moss gearbox with which it left Coventry in Jan 1962. The trim retains all the original features, dashboard and seats, as well as the original steering wheel and instruments.

The car drives very well and the engine is smooth, (we drove it in April 2013) with no smoke on start-up and it has benefitted from regular maintenance and upkeep. It was part restored in 2012 with a complete external re-paint at a cost of over £14,000 by recognised Midland experts, PL Carbodies (bill available for inspection in history file). The interior is unrestored, but highly original. Externally the chrome work needs restoring to match the excellent finish of the paintwork, but otherwise the car is ready to enjoy driving this summer. Unusually the car's V5C shows just one registered keeper from new, although the original buff log book is missing, so this cannot be proved for certain.

It represents an amazing and extremely rare chance today to acquire an important piece of Jaguar history that can only gain in value as the legend of the E-Type continues to grow in stature.