1961 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I Flat Floor RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $60,000 - $80,000


$68,750 Sold

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

Jaguar Cars Ltd. was not a stranger to success, but recovering from the war was difficult for any manufacturing company. In 1948 at the London Motor Show, Jaguar unveiled the XK 120 with greater success than William Lyons had anticipated. As demand for the XK 120 mounted, Lyons rethought his original plan of only building a few hundred examples in aluminum and instead ordered tooling to produce larger quantities clothed in steel. Before the steel tooling arrived, Jaguar was able to produce 240 “alloy” bodied examples.
Most of the “alloy” cars made it to the track in one fashion or another and were so accomplished that Jaguar built an outright race version – the C-Type.

A C-Type won the Le Mans 24 hour in 1951 and 1953. This win was the first of an amazing seven overall victories for Jaguar to date. Always able to improve on their current brilliant design, Jaguar developed the D-Type and remained competitive (winning Le Mans 24 hour in 1955, 1956 and 1957). The D-Type was a purpose built sports racing car and Jaguar could not rest on its motorsports success to remain competitive in the marketplace, so they released an improved version of the XK 120, the XK 140. The 140, in response to demands by Americans, offered greater creature comforts like available automatic gearboxes, air conditioning and rack and pinion steering. Succeeding the XK 140 in 1957, the XK 150 offered greater passenger space and four-wheel disc brakes.

In 1961, Jaguar released a successful combination of everything they learned from winning races and from listening to customer input – the E-Type. With its monocoque passenger compartment/tail section, tube-framed engine bay and tilting bonnet, it clearly descended from the D-Type, but its well-appointed interior, civilized 3.8 liter XK engine (directly from the XK 150S) and compliant suspension made it an ideal two place touring car and replacement for the XK 140 and 150.

The first E-Type roadsters proved to be immediate successes. A timeless design, it has been acclaimed as one of the prettiest sports cars ever built. Designed under the guidance of William Lyons, the car was a longer and lower version of Jaguar’s D-Type, a car that is widely regarded as the best looking race car of its time.

The 1961 Jaguar Series I E-Type Roadster offered here is a highly presentable flat floor example finished in red with a tan convertible top and matching tonneau cover. There are 7,816 miles registered on the odometer, which are believed to be the proper mileage accumulated since restoration. The interior is skillfully and attractively finished in red and black; it features the extremely sporty toggle switches and aluminum finish dash and console found only on the early E-Types. With an AM/FM Blaupunkt radio, rollup windows, a luggage rack and proper knock off wire wheels with redline tires, the Jaguar is well equipped. The engine, equipped with its three SU carburetors and properly detailed, is an impressive sight.

This E-Type has enjoyed careful maintenance and loving care; it will surely reward its next owner with the excellent performance and timeless good looks that made the E-Type an instant classic over 40 years ago.

Reference Number 7592

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1961 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I Flat Floor Roadster
VIN 876447 
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