<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9

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Lot 121
1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe

Sold for US$ 190,400 inc. premium
1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe
Chassis no. 886489
Engine no. R6162-9

3,781cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Offered from the Robert "Bob" Koons Collection
*Exceedingly original 'Time Capsule' example with factory paint, interior and tires
*Fastidiously well-preserved with just over 12,400 miles from new
*Matching-numbers example offered with tools, jack, impressive history file and Heritage Certificate


THE JAGUAR E-TYPE

"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-liter 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-liter, triple-carburetor "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. Secondly, because aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer, used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes to ever grace a motor car.

Praise aside, taller drivers found 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 early "flat floor" 3.8-liter cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.

Today, the E-Type's gracefulness remain 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 MOTORCAR OFFERED

This exceptional E-Type Coupe was finished at Jaguar's Coventry works on July 30, 1962. It was built just like it appears today, a left-hand drive model painted in the striking Opalescent Bronze color and trimmed in Red Connolly leather, which remains intact on this original and beautifully preserved car. Interestingly, the cars livery actually duplicated that of the Jaguar's 1961 New York Auto Show display car.

Like many E-Types, this car was destined for the United States, where a Preston H. Smith purchased the new Jaguar on February 6, 1963, from Ladd Motors in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Mr. Smith never used the car in the rain and stopped driving the car in 1976. From then on, it sat carefully stored away from the elements in his garage, until he sold it to a Mr. Mowrey—a fellow Pennsylvanian enthusiast—in 1990. The highly original E-Type was featured in car shows in the 1990s, where it won many awards, including 1st Place multiple times in the Hershey Auto Show.

In 2003, Mr. Mowrey sold the fastidiously well-preserved Opalescent Bronze Series I E-Type to the late Robert "Bob" Koons. The 12,000-mile original Jaguar soon joined Koons impressive Columbia, SC-based collection of some of the most original British sportscars in existence. The car has remained there ever since, enjoying a climate-controlled environment, dedicated service, and maintenance.

Today, this E-Type retains its original factory applied paint, interior, brightwork, and factory accessories. Even the tires are original, and the spare tire is said to have never touched the ground. Any Jaguar or preservation-class car enthusiast should treat themselves to a close inspection of this stunning "time-capsule" automobile, still retaining factory markings and tags, along with the original matching numbers drivetrain. Accompanying the sale of the car is a large history file documenting previous sales records, testimonies from previous owners, old titles, as well as the Jaguar-issued Heritage Trust Certificate, and original tool kit. With just 12,418 original miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging, this is unquestionably one of the best-preserved Series I E-Types in existence.

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under the model year 1963.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, although this vehicle's mileage is well documented, the odometer is not in current working order, and will be repaired at the sellers' expense.
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<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
<b>1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 886489<br />Engine no. R6162-9
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