1964 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series ISOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $60,000 - $75,000


$56,100 Sold

265bhp, 3,781cc twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The new E-Type was an even greater technical breakthrough than the XK. Dispensing entirely with the prewar concept of a separate body bolted to a rolling chassis, the E-Type broke new ground with a monocoque body tub attached to a tubular framework. The engine was bolted into this framework and was enclosed by a unique, hinged, unitized front clip (bonnet and wings). This innovative design was inherited directly from the C-Type and D-Type Le Mans racers, which when opened upwards, provided uncompromised access to everything forward of the firewall, including the entire front suspension. This feature greatly facilitated maintenance and mechanical repairs.

The E-Type ’ s performance was as breathtaking as its looks; it was the first standard production vehicle capable of over 150mph. With a list price less than half that of the few competitors with performance even remotely approaching the E-Type ’ s, William Lyons must have known that he had created what would become one of the most revered cars of all time.

The 1964 Jaguar Series I E-Type Roadster presented here is a 39,600 original mile example finished in red with a black interior and a black top. Being a very straight, solid and well-preserved example, it has never required a complete restoration. However, in recent years the Jaguar has undergone some sympathetic restoration work on an as needed basis.

In 2004, with 36,779 miles registered, the original 3.8 liter engine was completely rebuilt by Jaguar of Denver. Additional mechanical work included the installation of a new clutch and the replacement of the transmission and the differential. It was at this time that a new black top was fitted to the roadster. In January of 2007 the exterior was professionally repainted, so that it would be fresh for the auction.

Not only highly presentable, the E-Type is reported to be an excellent driver. It comes with its jack as well as the original owner ’ s manual and maintenance chart in their proper sleeve. This is a very usable classic that offers its next owner countless hours of thrilling top down motoring.

Reference Number 7250

as of 2/18/2007

Car 1964 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I
VIN 880007 
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