Fully restored, matching numbers
1964 Jaguar E Type 3.8 Liter Roadster
Chassis no. 878841
Engine no. R 9604-9
A letter from Michael Cook of Jaguar Cars Inc. confirms that this O.T.S., Open Two Seater, as the factory referred to them, was sold new through Jaguar Cars of New York to Dr. W.H. Phillips of Trenton, Tennessee. Built on December 27, 1962, it would have no doubt arrived in this country early the following year being registered and titled as such.
Originally the car was sold with Silver Blue paint, with a blue top and had a red interior. In addition to this information, the Jaguar letter serves to confirm that the car maintains its matched engine/chassis numbers status. As presented today, the Jaguar has been through a comprehensive restoration to a level of very good driver or even show conditions, work carried out by Jaguar professionals and putting it into the color combination of Signal Red paint with a Biscuit leather interior.
The restoration services that have been performed are documented with photographs that chart the car being fully disassembled, and stripped to bare metal. Jaguar body professionals performed metal and bright work where necessary, as well as priming the vehicle for paint preparation. The XKE was then painted with base and clear coat, and finally color sanded and buffed. In addition, the vehicle received new rubber, seals, grommets and gaskets, and trim all around. Also featured on this E-Type, are Lucas Seal-Beamed headlights, with proper-sized Redline Michelin tires and chrome Wire Wheels. Inside the Roadster, upholstery professionals added a new proper interior that was custom fitted and installed, including beautiful leather sport seats, and a new proper wood steering wheel. Under the bonnet, all mechanical systems went through a complete servicing, with the engine, transmission and carburetors being rebuilt, the radiator and gas tank being restored, and a new, proper stainless steel exhaust system being installed. As well, specialists serviced hydraulic and suspension systems, and repaired or replaced components where necessary. To enhance the drivability of this E-Type, a proper 4.2 braking system was installed. All mechanical components were systematically gone through. In summary, the restoration process on this magnificent E-Type was carried to a high level of restoration by Jaguar Professionals, paying close attention to details in presenting this wonderful example to the seasoned collector, or new Jaguar enthusiast.
Since the 50th anniversary of the E Type last year, the focus that this brought has seen renewed appreciation of these iconic and eminently usable cars. The seller reports this to be a wonderful example of these early E-types, in a fabulous color combination, which is ready to be added to a collection, driven and enjoyed or even to compete at Concours level.