1963 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I Series 1130,000-140,000 GBP - Estimate

Jaguar E Type Series 1 Coupe - one of the best available

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At around 7pm on Tuesday 14 March 1961, Jaguar’s test driver, Norman Dewis, left Browns Lane, Coventry in E-type 77 RW. He drove virtually flat out through the night, arriving in Geneva, for the public unveiling by Sir William Lyons. Surrounded by up to 200 members of the press, the E type caused a sensation, and so did the price. At £2097 for the roadster and £2196 for the coupe, it was condemnably cheaper than similar performing cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Chevrolet, and was on a par with much slower cars from Porsche and AC. In fact, the E-types was initially sold at a cheaper price than the outgoing XK150.

So what was the technical specification of this sensational new Jaguar sports car? The powertrain, which was carried over from the XK150S, was a 3781 cc XK engine mated to a four-speed Moss transmission, without overdrive. Jaguar claimed the E-type engine produced 265bhp (SAE) at 5500 rpm, but this was – to say the least – an exaggeration. The cast iron cylinder block was actually manufactured by Leyland Motors in Lancashire, a task it had performed since 1948, predating its involvement in the management of Jaguar. The aluminium cylinder head came from two sources, West Yorkshire Foundries of York and William Mills of Wednesbury, Staffordshire.

The XK engine was fed by triple 2in SU HD8 SU carburettors. The body employed a central monocoque made of steel, a year before the monocoque chassis made its appearance in Formula One racing. The Bob Knight designed independent rear suspension, and the careful use of rubber, helped suppress noise and vibration. Initially, the car was available in two forms, the roadster – styled by Malcolm Sayer – and the fixed head coupe (FHC), featuring an opening rear hatchback, which also had some input from Sir William Lyons and Bob Blake. The E-type was the only Jaguar car produced during Lyons’ active involvement in the running of the company, not wholly styled by the boss himself.

The car offered for sale is finished in its original Opalescent Golden Sand with a light tan leather interior.It is a matching numbers car and fitted with a Webasto sunroof. It comes with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, and is MOT'd until October this year and has covered less than 100 miles since undergoing a full restoration completed late 2014.

This car is probably one of the best Series I E types available for sale anywhere in the world today.

Reference Number 414482

as of 5/23/2016

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Car 1963 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I Series 1
VIN xke23456 
Exterior / Interior Color      Sand /      Brown 
Registration TBA 
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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