The 91st left-drive E-Type built, external bonnet lock, flat floor
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Liter Roadster
Chassis no. 875091
Engine no. R1073-9
3,781cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
265bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*One of only 300 external bonnet lock examples
*Fantastic period hill climb success at the hands of Jim Ladd
*Numbers matching example finished in its original color scheme
*Complete with original hand book and tools
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate
The Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture, yet not even Jaguar's founder, Sir William Lyons, could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar E-Type. When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance.
Constructed using methods derived from the D-Type sports racing car, the E-Type was a technical marvel. The light and rigid monocoque chassis used the engine itself as a structural part of the car, with the long and sleek bonnet hinged at the front. The headlights were beautifully recessed in the fenders, and covered with contoured Perspex for a free flowing design and improved aerodynamics. The car featured 4-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes all around and a Moss-type 4-speed manual transmission. The proven XK power plant was carried over from the XK150, and made sure the lithe Jaguar would exceed the 150mph mark. Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.
The Motorcar Offered
Among the first 100 E-Type constructed, this E-Type was completed at the Browns Lane Jaguar works on June 7th, 1961only about three months after the first E-Type had rolled off the production line. Destined for the American market, the Heritage Certificate indicates 875091 was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York before being sold to its first owner, Eleanor B.K. Scheil (or possibly Eleanor B. Kscheil, the last name on the record is listed as 'illegible') of Grantsville, Pennsylvania by Ladd Motors in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Finished in the very attractive combination of Opalescent Dark Green over Suede Green hides and a Gunmetal Grey convertible top, it is one of only six '61 Roadsters finished in this color combination.
Jim Ladd, the eponymous dealership's owner who would later go on to race for and perish while part of the Austin-Healey Works Team, would soon have the first E-Type roadster he sold back in his possession. According to Jim's brother, Mrs. Scheil had terminal cancer and sold the car back to Ladd Motorsand Jim chose to keep it and use it for hill climbs. A highly skilled driver, Jim would take 875091 to a series of victories in 1962 and 1963, including a number of Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) records, often battling for the podium against Al Loquasto in a Corvette. A photo shows Ladd in the green Roadster powering up Giant's Despair in '62 to winning his A Production class that day. Addition photos show the Ladd and his Jag participating in other hill climbing events. Mrs. Scheil, despite no longer owning the car, still enjoyed watching it power to victory.
After its hill climbing career, and a few subsequent owners, 875091 ended up stored in a barn in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. When the current owner discovered the car in 1994, it was a good, straight, mechanically complete car that started and ran, but its interior had worn out over the years with the carpet replaced with indoor/outdoor rugs and bucket seats that had not started life in a Jaguarlet alone this Jaguar. According to the penultimate owner, her son had driven the car and maintained it as necessary to keep it running. When he passed away, it was put in the barn.
Driven from the farm under its own power, the original intention to restore the car was delayed until 2001 when it was sent to Jaguar specialist Lou Ottovani of Lindley Motors in Sanatoga, Pennsylvania. The body was completely restored and repainted in its original color before Mr. Ottovani passed away suddenly. After a brief limbo between shops, the restoration was restarted and finished by another Jaguar specialist, Steve Helms of Classic Motorcars in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2011.
Today the car, which has been in Keystone State since new, shows beautifully in its gorgeous, original color scheme. As an early production car, not only was it a flat floor, but also one of the first 300 E-Types finished with external hood release locks. Complete with its Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, complete tool roll, jack, and owner's manual, file of service receipts and thorough photo documentation of its restoration this Jaguar is a rare opportunity to own one of the most desirable and earliest E-Types.
- In addition to numerous victories listed in the catalog, it should additionally be noted that it was in this Jaguar that Jim Ladd won the overall Pennsylvania Hillclimb Championship in 1962.