1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143
Lot 250
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster
Sold for £309,500 (US$ 408,243) inc. premium

Goodwood Revival

9 Sep 2017, 13:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster  Chassis no. 875143
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster
Registration no. 517 UYJ
Chassis no. 875143
*,Delivered new to the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Full matching numbers: engine, cylinder head, gearbox
*Flat floors, external bonnet locks, etc
*Previously restored and recently re-commissioned

Footnotes

  • '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 Jaguar E-Type's manifest virtues than John Bolster's, penned for Autosport shortly after the car's debut in 1961. Introduced in 3.8-litre form, the E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main structure, while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) 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. But of all the versions of Jaguar's long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8-litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.

    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.

    The 143rd left-hand drive roadster built, this E-Type has various features that characterise these early examples in addition to the flat floors. These include welded-in louvres on the (matching-number) bonnet; external bonnet locks; two-part boot reinforcer; two-part boot hinges; early-type petrol filler surround; early-type number plate lamps; and the early rear wheel bearing carriers. Other noteworthy features include the original early inlet manifold with 'snail'-type thermostat housing; and original-type brake fluid reservoir caps. The engine supporting 'picture frame' is stamped but faint.

    Chassis number '875143' was originally restored in the USA some years ago, and also benefits from recent extensive re-commissioning here in the UK, which included refreshing the body with new paint and chromium plating, and a new interior and hood by Mike Turley. This re-commissioning also involved removing the engine and gearbox, and detailing the former with new gaskets, seals, and a new water pump, while the gearbox was rebuilt with new bearings and replacement gears.

    The clutch and the prop shaft universal joints were renewed, while the rear axle was removed, stripped and detailed, and the differential overhauled. New suspension springs and shock absorbers were fitted all round, and new wheel bearings installed. The front suspension was removed and detailed with all new joints and bushes, and the steering rack and pinion overhauled. New brake piston assemblies were fitted. In addition, the car has been upgraded with a complete stainless steel exhaust system and a new aluminium radiator in the correct style.

    Described by the vendor as in 'A1' condition, this beautiful E-Type roadster is offered with MoT to 2018 and a V5C Registration Certificate.
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