The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9

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Lot 360
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé
Registration no. 777 MOL Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9

Sold for £ 124,700 (US$ 155,658) inc. premium
The following two cars are offered from the collection of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé
Registration no. 777 MOL
Chassis no. 861664
Engine no. RA6692-9

*Property of a deceased's estate
*Only three owners from new
*Fully restored; more than £150,000 spent
*Five-speed gearbox

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. Although 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. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and a more accomplished Grande Routière, enjoying a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door.

    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 April 1964, this 'Series 1' E-Type was supplied new via P J Evans, Birmingham to one W J Whale Esq of Sutton Coldfield. The late owner purchased the E-Type from its second owner, Peter John Harris of Surbiton, Surrey in July 1982. We are advised that since then almost £150,000 has been spent on making the car perfect in every way, although it should be noted that the radio is not working. This full restoration was completed in November 2010 and all invoices are available. A five-speed gearbox is the only notified deviation from factory specification (original 'box available).

    Finished in opalescent silver blue with dark blue leather interior, the car is offered with the aforementioned invoices, current MoT certificate and a V5 registration document. One of the finest examples of a 'Series 1' E-Type currently available.

Saleroom notices

  • Since the time of cataloguing the following information has become available which illustrates the quality of restoration carried out on this car. Suspension components have been nickel plated as per original. During the restoration a bare metal re-spray to original colour by Martin Robey at a cost of over £20,000 was carried out. The exhaust has been ceramic plated. Please note the MOT has expired.
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The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
The following two cars are offered from the collection  of recently deceased Jaguar collector, Ron Modell,1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 861664 Engine no. RA6692-9
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