1961 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series IIISOLD

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 3,781 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Three SU Sidedraft Carburetors 265 BHP at 5,500 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes Independent Front and Rear Suspension About this Car: According to a feature article in the April 1995 issue of Car Collector magazine, this remarkably preserved E-Type was originally given to M.E. Wissel of Allentown, Pennsylvania by Max Hess, Jr., the heir to the Hess Brothers department store chain based in Allentown. Mr. Wissel was an employee of Mr. Hess, a flamboyant businessman who frequently bought new sports cars only to keep them a short time before acquiring another. The car is believed to have stayed in Mr. Wissel?s possession for many years and, after his passing, his family kept it in a barn for close to three decades before selling it to its second owner, Bernard Berman, in the early 1990s. After recovering the Jaguar from its barn-find condition, Mr. Berman, a philanthropist and noted Allentown car enthusiast, conducted some sympathetic mechanical work, including rebuilding the carburetors, brakes and exhaust system, and replacing the carpets. Since then, the car has been sparingly driven and is believed to still wear its original whitewall tires. Showing just 3,428 miles at the time of its barn emergence, the odometer currently displays less than 3,800 miles, a number that is believed to represent the original mileage from new. The current owner has maintained the car in good running condition with regular mechanical attention that has included a rebuild of the master cylinder and installation of new brake pads. Displaying a charming patina that testifies to its originality, this highly authentic early E-Type Roadster is a perfect candidate for Preservation Class exhibition. Its provenance is enhanced by a fanciful brush with the renowned Hess family, as well as a barn-find story worthy of the finest tales of automotive archaeology. It has become exceedingly difficult to find an early E-Type in such beautifully preserved condition, complete with factory chalk marks, original finishes and the irreplaceable character of a car that has never been taken apart. Accompanied by its original tool kit and a heritage certificate from the JDHT, this time-capsule E-Type is an exceptionally pure and unmolested example of Coventry?s legendary sports car.

Reference Number 129969

as of 12/24/2011

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Car 1961 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series III
VIN 875616 
Exterior / Interior Color      Grey /      Red 
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