1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster Registration no. OKU 43A Chassis no. 850565 Engine no. RJ9059
'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. The newcomer's design did indeed owe much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer: a monocoque tub forming the main structure, while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265bhp available E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Taller drivers though, could find the interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. Today, the E-Types graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars, and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time. This beautiful E-Type Series I Roadster was purchased from Eagle Racing Ltd in 2001 by the vendor having previously belonged to a Mr Simon Parris, of Rotherfield, East Sussex. Mr Parris spent over £23,500 on the E-Type's full restoration (before he stopped adding up the bills) which also involved the incorporation of several discreet enhancements. The latter include up-rated suspension torsion bars, Koni adjustable shock absorbers all round, 4-pot front brake callipers, 6½" racing wheel rims, high-flow radiator, Kenlowe electric fan and a 2" stainless exhaust with branch manifold. A Tracker device is fitted also. While in the vendor's care the car has benefited from further work, carried out by Eagle E-Types in August 2006 at a cost of £11,688, which included a service and the installation of an upgraded alternator, starter motor and crankshaft damper (see report and invoice on file). In addition the car comes with a file of history containing numerous other bills, old-style logbook, photographic record of the restoration, a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs, Swansea V5C document and MoT to 16th June 2011 (issued at 78,977 miles).