1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Liter Roadster
Chassis no. 880753
Engine no. RA 4734-9
3,800cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Matching numbers example
*Many tasteful and subtle performance upgrades
*Complete with books and tools
*Desirable factory hard top
*Offered with history file and 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 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. With spare parts readily available, a number of marquee clubs to join and many driving and concours events to attend, the E-Type is an excellent collector car.
The Motorcar Offered
According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this Jaguar was manufactured on December 18, 1963 and delivered to Jaguar Cars New York. It was sold to Fleischman Car Leasing on January 8, 1964. The next owner of record was Francis Koo of Troy, NY, who then sold the car to Peter Wrisley of New Hampshire in 1972. Thirteen years later, in 1985, ownership passed over to Mr. Wrisleys uncle, Donald Hatch. However it was purchased back by Wrisley in 1992 and remained there until it was sold to the current owner in 2004.
The car was subject to a bare metal respray in 1995. An authentic re-trim of the interior in the correct original color hides was also performed at this time. A new top with shot-filed canvas was installed to prevent high speed buffeting. The paint job still shows well today though there are some minor indications of its age.
In the early 2000s the suspension was completely torn down and crack tested. All bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, steering column u-joints, torsion bars, shocks and coils were all renewed, mostly with upgraded components. Adjustable coil over shocks and stiffer sway bars and mounts were all fitted at this time, and the rear axle u-joints were replaced along with the timing chain and engine seals.
Importantly this E-Type includes a rare original factory hard top, arguably one of the best looking hard tops offered for a car of this era. When fitted to the car it is transformed into a striking GT coupe. Made of light weight Fiberglas the hard top is relatively easy to manage and can be removed with minimal effort.
It goes without saying that this is an expertly prepared and well-presented machine. It has been lovingly maintained and stored in a climate controlled facility for the last decade. It is offered in ready to use condition from a very good home.