The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster

Lot No.: 244

Registration: VSU 473
Chassis Number: 877026
Engine Number: R4906-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3800
Year of Manufacture: 1961
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 125,000 - 150,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

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. Two further iterations of the E-Type came in the form of the Series II model fitted with a 4.2 litre engine and revised styling at both front and rear, and the Series III model, which again saw styling changes and a V12 engine fitted.

This particular Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster was manufactured on 3rd April 1962 and sold to its first owner in the United States through Jaguar Cars New York. The car was originally supplied in Black with a red leather interior, a colour combination it still enjoys to this day.

The car was imported to the UK from Florida in 1991 by Dr M. Lewis, a surgeon from Cardiff, who set about returning the car to its former glory. In his care, a new/old stock bonnet was sourced, the floors were replaced and any other substandard metal cut out and new panels fitted. The engine was removed and rebuilt at that time with new pistons, piston rings, big ends, small ends, main bearings, a reground crankshaft, and all the oil channels were cleaned and sealed. The interior trim and weather equipment was renewed and the car thoroughly Waxoyled to ensure it would stand the test of time. The car was also converted to right-hand drive by Gimber Motors, a family run business located near Dr Lewis at that time. There is a selection of photographs in the history file showing the amount of work Dr Lewis had carried out.

The car was then acquired by its next owner in 2012, before being purchased by our vendor, who has again set about making this E-Type the best it can be by carrying out further restoration work. A full bare-metal respray in its original colour has been undertaken, with the results being simply stunning. Many hours were spent ensuring the quality of the panel gaps and paint finish were to the highest standard. All bumpers and outer brightwork have been re-chromed, new front shock absorber fitted, new front discs and pads, the interior cleaned and re-dyed where necessary, a new aluminium centre console installed, new rubber seals throughout and a full service including new spark plugs, fluids and filters.

Supplied with a large history file, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and a UK V5c, thismatching numbers svelte black E-Type is the result of many hours of hard work and is now ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian.