1963 Jaguar XKE Roadster  Chassis no. 879458 Engine no. RA2136-9
Lot 309
1963 Jaguar XKE Series 1 3.8-liter Roadster Chassis no. 879458 Engine no. RA2136-9
US$ 125,000 - 150,000
£74,000 - 89,000
Lot Details
1963 Jaguar XKE Series 1 3.8-liter Roadster
Chassis no. 879458
Engine no. RA2136-9
• 3.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine
• 265hp with triple SU carburetors
• Four-speed manual transmission

• Matching numbers example
• JDHT Heritage Certificate included
• Featured in Road and Track

Introduced in 3.8-liter 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 space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carburetor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265bhp available, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint!

This beautiful, matching numbers XKE Roadster is recorded on its Heritage Certificate as having been dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York on June 18, 1963; its first owner was not recorded. Delivered in Opalescent Maroon, a striking color, it wears this same scheme today, complemented by an inviting biscuit leather interior.

This Jaguar was the recipient of a comprehensive restoration by Jaguar experts, documented by way of photos and receipts. During restoration, the car was disassembled with great attention paid to the body work and paint. The car has been color sanded and buffed to something approaching perfection. An auxiliary fan was installed to improve the driving experience. Mechanically, the engine, transmission, suspension and many other systems were restored as needed. Cosmetic items including brightwork, upholstery, rubber seals and new convertible top were installed. Additionally, it features a period correct BMCD AM push button radio. The car has been recently serviced and detailed inside and out. The vendor reports that this is a meticulously maintained and well-cared-for example throughout.

As further testament to its outstanding quality, this very car was the feature of a Salon article in the May 1997 issue of Road and Track, written by none other than Peter Egan. Egan waxed enthusiastically about the car, describing it at the time as "one of those crisp, perfect cars where everything works harmoniously".

A delightful Series I, in splendid colors and having had quite a lot of attention lavished upon it, this is a highly desirable example of one of Jaguar's finest models, in its purest early "covered headlight" iteration.
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