1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9

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Lot 105
Desirable outside bonnet latch and offered from single family ownership for over 50 years
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

Sold for US$ 275,000 inc. premium
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

Chassis no. 875246
Engine no. R1372-9

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


*Desirable outside bonnet latch, welded-louver, flat-floor E-Type Roadster
*Single family ownership for over 50 years
*Matching numbers, factory left hand drive example
*Beautifully restored inside and out
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate and history file



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 marque clubs to join and many driving and Concours events to attend, the E-Type is an excellent, widely admired collector car.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Jaguar completed this early E-Type Roadster, chassis no. 875246, on July 18, 1961. Featuring the sought-after outside bonnet latches, flat floor and welded louvers, it left the factory as the 246th E-Type built. The new E-Type was equipped for the US market with left hand drive, and finished in a cream exterior color, trimmed in red hides and fitted with a black convertible top.

First sold in San Francisco on September 19, 1961, this early Roadster's first owner is recorded to have been Bay Area doctor V.H. Hollinger. The Jaguar would remain with Dr. Hollinger until 1963, when fellow San Francisco resident Mr. Leonard B. Iffla purchased the car. The E-Type served Mr. Iffla as a "daily driver" for many years, and is believed to have covered a staggering 300,000 miles during this time. The E-Type remained in the Bay Area with Mr. Iffla until 2001, when the car was passed on to his daughter in Houston, Texas. The car has remained in her ownership ever since, therefore it is a one-family owned car for over half a century.

Between 2001 and 2003, the E-Type underwent a comprehensive restoration, addressing both cosmetic and mechanical aspects of the car. The car was beautifully finished in the period correct and very classic combination of British Racing Green over a biscuit Connolly leather interior and a black top. A few thoughtful modernizations for enhanced usability were added, and these include include a new radiator and fan, electronic ignition and adjustable shock absorbers.

Once restoration was complete, the Jaguar was shown extensively throughout the southwestern United States and won multiple awards, including the 2004 JCNA Southwest Regional Championship and 2011 JCNA Driven National Championship. The car was also featured in The E-Type Magazine, in a piece that was honored as the Jaguar Club of North America article of the year in 2004. The original owner's manual, detailed receipts and photos of the restoration accompany the car, along with its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate.

This numbers matching, California delivery, outside bonnet latch Series 1 E-Type is being offered from the same single-family ownership in which it has spent the last 50 years. Featuring the initial, purest iteration of the famed E-Type styling, this Roadster contains the prized features unique to the earliest examples produced, including the outside bonnet latches, welded louvers and flat floors. All of these features were later abandoned in the name of practicality, production costs and model development, and make this a particularly notable, rare example of one of the most iconic sports cars of the 1960s.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number J62875246.
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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster  Chassis no. 875246 Engine no. R1372-9
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