1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9
Lot 31
Beautifully restored
1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER
Sold for US$ 165,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9 1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER  Chassis no. 875952 Engine no. R2438-9
1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER

Chassis no. 875952
Engine no. R2438-9

3,781cc 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 of the desirable Series 1 E-Type
*Beautifully restored inside and out with JCNA show-credentials
*Used for Fashion advertisements and TV program 'Car Crazy'
*Great classic for weekend getaways or rallies such as the Copperstate 1000
Offered with Jaguar Heritage Trust *Certificate and history file



THE JAGUAR E-TYPE

In 1958, Jaguar technical director William Heynes and designer Malcolm Sayer convinced their boss, Sir William Lyons, that a new production sports model was needed. Thus was born the E-Type, one of Jaguar's longest-running and most revered models.

Actually, the E-Type already existed as a concept. Developed from the racing D-Type in 1956, it had been put aside when Lyons abruptly canceled the competition program. Dusting off the prototype, an aluminum-bodied roadster with 3.4-liter XK engine and independent front and rear suspension, Heynes and Sayer reengineered it for steel, and a 3.8-liter engine as used in the Mk IX saloon.

The engine and transmission aside, the production E-Type was all new. It combined a multi-tube front chassis with a monocoque center section. Front suspension was similar to the XK 150's wishbones and torsion bars, but the rear was revolutionary. Comprising transverse lower links and fixed-length driveshafts, its wheels were suspended on coil spring-shock absorber units, two to a side. The differential was mounted to a hefty steel crossmember and hosted inboard disk brakes. Anti-roll bars were installed front and rear.

At 2,520 pounds, it was 500 pounds lighter than the XK 150 and more powerful to boot. The 3.8-liter twin cam engine was fed through three SU side draft carbs and developed 265bhp. A top speed of 150mph was easily achieved with the standard 3.31 to 1 gearing, and some speculated that optional taller gears would be good for more. In its day, the E-Type was bested only by Ferraris and the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Its debut came at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show, to universal applause and plaudits from the pundits.

From the start there were two models, a soft top with roll-up windows, called "roadster," and a fixed-head coupe. At $5,595 for the roadster and $300 more for the coupe it was more than twice the price of an MGA but also twice the car. On the other hand, its sticker was barely half that of a 300SL.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate issued for this stunning Series 1 E-Type, the car was delivered new to the U.S. market, being supplied through Jaguar Cars New York, to first owner Dr. G. L. Jones of Wanamaker, Indiana. The new Jaguar was completed at the Browns Lane Jaguar Factory on October 30th, 1961, configured as a left hand drive Roadster; was finished in a Cream-colored exterior over light blue upholstery, and fitted with a black soft top.

It is unclear for how long the car remained with its first owner, but is known to have been in Florida by the 1990s. At this time, a comprehensive restoration was performed totaling over $100,000. The exterior color was changed to the classic Carmen Red, a correct color for a 1961 E-Type, and a Biscuit interior was installed. The Red E-Type was subsequently shown at Southern Florida JCNA events, where it achieved Champion Level, with scores in the high-99 point range. This stunning E-Type Roadster is known to have been used in the 1998 Saks Fifth Avenue Fathers Day promotional sale catalog, and later in an episode of the TV program Car Crazy.

Recently serviced, this smart Jaguar is equipped with a period correct radio, and fitted with redline tires wrapped on the smart chrome wire wheels. The E-Type is extremely clean wherever you look, and it's evident that professionals performed the restoration. Accompanied by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust issued certificate and a comprehensive history file, this first production-year E-Type features the smart aluminum covered center console and pointy seats.

Still intact with its matching numbers original engine, this fine Roadster should prove to be an enjoyable entry to rallies such as the Copperstate 1000. These elegant first series examples of the legendary Jaguar E-Type are the purest of the model range, and will always retain the extra cache of being the most collectible of this timeless model.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1962.
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