1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupé 3.8L series ISOLD
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Estimate: £20,000-28,000

Sold: £28,818

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar's E Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over £2,000, almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D Type models that so dominated Fifties sports car racing, the E Type shared its 265bhp, 3.8 litre twin-camshaft, straight-six engine with the XK150 S, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the beautiful William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in coupe or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all independent suspension mounted on detachable subframes, using double coil springs/dampers and swing arms at the rear with torsion bars and wishbones at the front. Brakes were discs all round, mounted inboard at the back.

This fixed head coupe example, one of the highly sought after early flat floor models, spent many years in the warm climes of first South Africa and then Zimbabwe before returning in 2004 to Britain where it was re-registered on January 12 2005. Finished in white with red leather, it retains all the correct early E Type features such as the bucket seats, aluminium centre dashboard panel and dynamo. It is presented in good condition throughout and, judging from the underside and under-bonnet areas of the car, it has seen little wet weather use, while the 205/70 Dunlop SP Sport tyres are in almost new condition. It comes with a V5 registration document and assorted documentation relating to its export/import. An attractive and highly desirable early E Type.

Reference Number 13840

as of 10/5/2007

Car 1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupé 3.8L series I
VIN 860106