1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster
Chassis no. 878562
'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 20km/h or leaping into its 240km/h 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 240km/h 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 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.
This superb left-hand drive E-Type is one of the last built with the beautiful aluminium dashboard, and it looks particularly attractive in this colour combination of Carmen Red with tan interior. Originally delivered in the USA, it was imported into Belgium in 1991 by a Belgian who lived in America. The car was then restored by the famous Belgian Jaguar dealership, Garage De Ridder, and after the rebuild's completion was serviced by them. It then had the same owner until 2010 when it was sold to the current vendor.
Nicely patinated, the paintwork is still in very good condition while the unmarked tan hide interior looks beautiful. All shut lines are described as perfect, the doors and boot closing easily, while the hood looks like new and fits very well. The engine runs smoothly with good oil pressure, and the original Moss gearbox works well.
Brakes and suspension are also in very good order. In short: this is an E-Type that affords the prospect of much pleasurable driving, complete with an intoxicating soundtrack and impressive performance. Driving this 50 year old E-Type is said to be quite an experience, reminding one of how impressive this car must have been when it came on the market in 1961. Offered with Belgian registration papers, it doesn't feel like an old car, which is quite an achievement for a model now classed as 'classic'.