1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759
Lot 263
1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé
Sold for £99,500 (US$ 133,105) inc. premium

Lot Details
1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé  Chassis no. 860759
1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Series 1 Coupé
Registration no. BVH 724A
Chassis no. 860759
*Three previous keepers
*Recent professional re-commissioning
*Recent bill for circa £11,000 on file

Footnotes

  • 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-Type's 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.

    This E-Type's Jaguar Heritage Certificate establishes that it is a UK right-hand drive car with matching numbers, while the V5 registration document shows first registration on 12th June 1963 and three previous keepers. The car was purchased in a semi-dismantled condition from a deceased's estate in 2016. The V5 shows that the previous owner purchased the car in 1993, and it seems likely that the restoration was begun while it was kept off road and in storage between 1995 and 2016. DVLA SORN information indicates that the car was not taxed for the road from 1995 until its recent re-commissioning.

    The vendor's original intention was to completely restore the E-Type to concours standard; however, after reviewing the car's underlying condition and originality, he considered that to be unnecessary and simply had it re-commissioned and brought back to its present glorious condition. The re-commissioning work was undertaken by Jaguar specialist Tom Lenthall in Berkshire, where a complete mechanical inspection was undertaken. This determined that the car required the replacement and refurbishment of the majority of the braking system's main components as well as the fuel tank, radiator, dynamo, and carburettors, as seals and rubbers had perished over time.

    A complete service of the engine and running gear was undertaken also, and the car started for the first time in 21 years without any hesitation. The private vendor advises us that the engine and running gear are in very good condition, and that there is no evidence of oil contamination in the coolant or exhaust. Oil pressure is very good, and there is healthy compression on the each of the cylinders. The interior appears to be original, with the exception of the carpets and headlining. An invoice for circa £11,000 is available detailing the re-commissioning work undertaken

    We are further advised that the underside and chassis of the car are in good condition, and that there is very little evidence of any significant rust or corrosion. The paintwork can be described as fair with some minor blemishes and evidence of micro-blistering commensurate with the car's age, confirming its underlying originality, while the chrome and brightwork can be similarly described. Finished in Opalescent Silver Grey with blue leather interior, the car is offered with the aforementioned documentation and an MoT certificate valid until 25th January 2018.

    This E-Type would make an exceptional platform for further refurbishment, affording the new owner an opportunity to add value. On the other hand, it could also be described as a car perfect car for occasional club/show use that can be easily fettled and enjoyed by an enthusiast.
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