1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9

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1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster

Sold for £ 78,333 (US$ 99,222) inc. premium
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Registration no. EFD 747B
Chassis no. 881079
Engine no. RA5525-9

Footnotes

  • 'If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.'

    There have been few better summaries of the E-Type's manifest virtues than the forgoing, penned by the inimitable John Bolster for Autosport shortly after the car's debut. Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and a 150mph top speed. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. Its engine aside, 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.

    With a claimed 265bhp available, E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs 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. Taller drivers though, could find the interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. Today, the E-Types graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars, and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time.

    Manufactured in February 1964, this 'Series 1' was supplied new via Jaguar Cars, New York finished in dark blue with matching leather interior. The E-Type's ownership history in the USA is unknown up to 1981 when the accompanying State of Ohio Title was issued to one Joe Maro of Campbell, Ohio. Exported to the UK in 1989, the car was first owned in this country by Mr J H P Hardwick of Cannock, Staffordshire, who had it fully restored by Bob Watson of Marston Green, Birmingham (see letter of confirmation on file). Works carried out included a total body rebuild by renowned specialists R S Panels; engine and gearbox overhaul by C F S Motors, the 'box being the later all-synchromesh type; and an interior re-trim by Suffolk & Turley. Conversion to right-hand drive configuration was undertaken at this time.

    The E-Type's second owner in the UK, Robert Anthony Hipkins of Kennington Road, London SE11, kept 'EFD 747B' from 1996 to 1999 when the car was sold to the current vendor via renowned marque specialists Eagle (copy of advertisement included) who have continued to maintain it. Eagle's service invoices are on file together with a copy of the service handbook, Jaguar/Daimler dating letter, and a substantial quantity of expired MoT certificates dating back to 1989. 'EFD 747B' also comes with a copy of Classic Cars magazine (November 1996 edition) featuring it on the front cover and in an article, and a copy of the Birmingham NEC Classic Car Show programme featuring the E-Type as the centrefold. Described as in generally good/excellent condition, this well restored and well-maintained E-Type is offered with aforementioned history, current MoT/tax and V5C document.
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1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 881079 Engine no. RA5525-9
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