1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 878663 Engine no. R9016-9
If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game. - John Bolster, Autosport. Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, S unit first offered as an option on the XK150. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Types performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer - in collaboration with Sir William Lyons - used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. This desirable early E-Type was manufactured in left-hand drive configuration and sold new in the USA. In the current ownership since the early 1980s, the car was switched to its current right-hand drive configuration during the course of a complete body off rebuild carried out by renowned marque specialist Jim Rothwell in 1991 (see bills on file). Finished in red with matching leather interior, the car is presented in excellent condition and offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5. It should be noted that the current registration mark 2 DXD is being retained by the vendor.
The registration '2 DXD' is now being retained on the car and is being offered as a part of this lot.