Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9
Lot 332
1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé
Registration no. DBV 203B Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9
Sold for £43,700 (US$ 70,530) inc. premium

Lot Details
Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9 Left-hand drive,1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 889736 Engine no. RA4829-9
Left-hand drive
1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Series 1' Coupé
Registration no. DBV 203B
Chassis no. 889736
Engine no. RA4829-9

Footnotes

  • The current vendor purchased this left-hand drive E-Type coupé in Vancouver, Canada in 1989. At that time he was proprietor of a garage specialising in the repair, servicing and restoration of - mainly - British sports cars. Realising that he was too busy to restore the E-type, he placed it in storage for the next three years. An extended visit to the UK on family business, followed by the redevelopment of his business premises, meant that the car had to be moved to alternative accommodation at vintage vehicle specialists False Creek Automotive, where it remained for a further two years. Eventually, the owner had the car shipped to the UK where it was stored for another three-or-so years. By this time he had acquired a workshop with comprehensive restoration facilities, but pressure of other work slowed the progress of the E-Type's rebuild, which took the best part of ten years to complete.

    The accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate reveals that the E-Type was manufactured on 30th December 1963 and despatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on 15th January 1964. The colour scheme is recorded as Opalescent Silver Grey with black interior trim, while the first owner is listed as one J D Onerem of Dayton, Ohio. A major in the US Army Airforce during WW2, J D Onerem was a celebrated test pilot who flew prototypes of some of his country's most advanced aircraft, including the Lockheed P38 Lightning and North American P51-H Mustang. The appeal of a fast, state-of-the-art sports car like the E-Type to a man with such a background is obvious.

    After restoration the vendor contacted former owner Allan A Rodriguez, who wrote back to say that he had bought the car, which had been repainted yellow, from Jaguar dealer Orange Motors in Miami around 1970 (letter on file). He also states that it had been prepared for racing and had competed at Daytona, Sebring and other well-known circuits in the USA. Indeed, indications that the car had been raced were found during restoration, including damage to the underside consistent with hitting the kerbs on a racetrack. In addition, the car had been fitted with wide, 72-spoke wire wheels and rear wheel spacers, while the engine had been balanced (probably blueprinted) and fitted with a lightweight competition flywheel.

    It would appear that the E-Type had not been in regular use since 1970. The letter from Rodriguez states he did not use it very much, due the number of cars he owned, and the immediately preceding owner did not use it either (documents show he did not own the car for long - and it needed work). In storage for lengthy periods after 1970, the E-Type currently displays a total of only 28,971 miles on the odometer. Presented in generally excellent condition, it has been totally restored to the highest standard, the process being well documented by photographs, receipts and the vendor's own lengthy summary of works carried out and upgrades incorporated (close inspection recommended). We are advised that since the rebuild's completion the car has been driven only to the annual MoT inspection (all certificates available). Offered with current road fund licence, MoT to March 2015 and V5 registration document, 'DBV 203B' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a matching-numbers E-Type presented in beautiful condition, which has covered only a minimal mileage since a thorough and most painstaking restoration.

Saleroom notices

  • Upon closer inspection we would not describe the paintwork as excellent.
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