600 miles since restoration 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Coupé Registration no. 159 WJH Chassis no. 861083 Engine no. RA1025-9
'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-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) 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.
Although conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door.
We are advised that this original, right-hand drive Series 1 3.8-litre coupé was supplied new via Stratstone Ltd of London W1 and has had only two private owners from new, the first being Mr David Stretton, who retired to Eastbourne, and subsequently a Mr Harrison who painstakingly restored the Jaguar between 2005 and 2012. This seven-year restoration is a credit to his endeavours, the attention to detail being exacting. While the restoration was ongoing the opportunity was taken to incorporate sensible upgrades including an aluminium radiator; improved brakes (vented discs, 4-pot callipers and an up-rated servo; full leather trim; carburettor air filters; and a 6-branch exhaust manifold and system in stainless steel. The car has cover only 600 miles since its restoration's completion and is probably one of the most pleasing drives you could experience. Finished in Gunmetal Grey metallic with matching leather interior, this freshly restored E-Type Coupé is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document. The original braking system components are included in the sale.