1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9
Lot 266
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster
Registration no. 1150 UR Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9
Sold for £126,940 (US$ 169,593) inc. premium

Goodwood Revival

13 Sep 2014, 14:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster  Chassis no. 850102 Engine no. 1655-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster
Registration no. 1150 UR
Chassis no. 850102
Engine no. 1655-9

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type (XKE in the USA) caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin.

    The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint: firstly, because it weighed around 500lb 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.

    Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward sub-frame that supported the engine. At the rear the E-Type's suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight. Only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained.

    Despite the E-Type's gorgeous appearance, taller drivers could find its interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. But of all the versions of Jaguar's long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8-litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.

    This very early E-Type is the 102nd right-hand drive roadster completed, the chassis numbering sequence having commenced at '850001'. For the last 27 years the car has been in the care of the current owner, a highly skilled craftsman with 50 years motor-trade experience and numerous restorations to his credit, who thus was particularly well qualified to carry out its renovation. Work began in 2000, prior to which the E-Type had been in storage.

    During the restoration, the body was fully stripped of components and paint, fitted to a jig and all corroded panels replaced as necessary; these included the bonnet, floors, transmission tunnel, inner and outer sills, boot floor, boot lid and doors. All joints were then sealed by the traditional method of 'lead loading', while careful attention was paid to ensure tight, accurate panel gaps were achieved. This was followed by a full, bare-metal repaint in the original Jaguar cream.

    The vendor fully rebuilt the original engine, which was then re-installed by Classic Restorations (Scotland) Ltd of Alyth. Drive-train components were inspected and replaced as necessary; new electrical wiring fitted throughout; and the hydraulics completely overhauled. All brightwork was inspected and replaced as necessary. The interior was then professionally re-trimmed in red to a very high standard and a bespoke mohair hood fitted. Only some 200 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion earlier this year and the engine is not yet run in.

    Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fully restored example of the Jaguar E-Type in its earliest and purest form, '1150 UR' is offered with old-style continuation logbook, current road fund licence, V5 registration document, fresh MoT and a quantity of restoration invoices and photographs.

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