1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $120,000-$140,000 US

Sold: $143,000

265bhp, 3,781 cc double overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The Series I E-Type Roadster offered here is a “flat floor” model built January 10, 1962 and delivered new to New York. The car was originally purchased by California clothier and Pebble Beach Concours producer Robert Talbott from British Motor Cars in San Francisco on March 13, 1963.

Steve Kemp began a meticulous nut and bolt rotisserie restoration of the car in 1994, consulting with Jaguar restoration expert Jim Kakuska of JK Restorations. After over 3000 man-hours and a six-figure investment, the restoration was completed in 2001. Accompanying the car is a full pictorial history and receipts of the seven-year project.

The restoration was conducted with strict adherence to original factory and period specifications. From the proper weave pattern of the header panel to the original Cheney hose clamps, engine component labeling, BEES and GKN fasteners and correctly etched glass to the beautiful opalescent silver-gray exterior and the red leather interior, this Jaguar is not just as it left the factory in 1962, it is better.

It has been driven only 500 ideal weather miles since the restoration, and has been kept in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment. It also has a full set of correct tools in the tool roll, a period correct Shelly screw jack and a Heritage Trust Certificate.

This Jaguar has been campaigned in concours events and other shows since 2003 and is a consistent 100-point concours-winner. In 2005 and 2006, it was a JNCA National Champion, achieving a perfect 100-point average score both years. In 2007, it again won first place in the only JCNA event it entered. Additionally, the E-Type won Best of Class in the 2004 Hilton Head Island Invitational Concours and since 2002 has won numerous Best of Show, Best of Class and first place awards in several British and European auto shows.

In fact, it was even featured in the book Standard Guide to British Sports Cars (Krause, 2004). A 21-year veteran of Jaguar cars and numerous concours judging events stated this car is, “the finest example of any Series I E-Type I have seen.” Furthermore, a noted E-Type authority and restoration professional has stated, “This Jaguar is a finer example than the E-Type on exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art”. Sports Car Market even referred to it as one of the best E-Types they have seen in twenty years.

Reference Number 38573

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
VIN J26876531 
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