20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
Lot 476
 

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Fixed-Head Coupé
Original UK market car subject to recent engine overhaul

Estimated at £75,000 - £85,000

Lot details

Registration No: 264 HGD
Chassis No: 860992
MOT: Exempt

  • Recently subject to a complete engine rebuild including replacement engine block (original included)
  • Finished in rarely seen Black over Grey leather
  • Original UK specification right-hand drive car
  • Owned by the vendor for the last 30 years

Famously launched at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore on its debut and has become one of the most iconic designs in automotive history. With its stunning looks, outrageous performance and accessible price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. While early competition success in the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori among others helped cement its reputation on the racetrack, the list of celebrity owners ensured its cult status on the roads. Built as a monocoque with an engine cradling front sub-frame 'a la' D-Type, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave excellent road-holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox, the free-revving unit reputedly enabled the E-Type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph – figures the press cars certainly managed even if the standard ones couldn’t quite! Seemingly borrowed from a light aircraft, the wonderful turned aluminium centre console that adorned its cockpit was complemented by scalloped 'Dunlopillo' seats and a wood-rim steering wheel. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the sublime E-Type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.

A desirable ‘home market’ example, ‘264 HGD’ was originally finished in Red with Grey leather upholstery (the latter a comparatively unusual choice). The Jaguar’s continuation green logbook remains on file and it is understood to have had just two former keepers before being acquired by the vendor in 1992. The E-type is thought to have undergone its colour change some forty years ago. The Black paintwork accentuates the Fixed Head Coupe’s lines and, in our opinion, pairs with the Grey hued interior very well. The history file dates back to the 1980s with regular maintenance having been untaken throughout this period. The seller had the Jaguar re-wired shortly after purchase and has not long treated it to a thorough engine overhaul using a replacement block (c.500 miles ago). The bodywork has been attended to including a replacement boot floor and the suspension has been refreshed in recent years. The total cost of the engine work totalled over £19,000 which is evident through the receipts in the history file. The car's original engine block is included as part of the sale (but it deemed to be porous hence the need for exchange). The transplanted cylinder block (a genuine 1963 item) was re-lined to suit the original pistons and the original crankshaft, cylinder head and camshafts have been retained. The car is also running its original four speed Moss gearbox as testament to the originality of this car.

The vendor advises that the car presents with a delightful patina as most of the paint is now 40 years old and parts of the interior have been reconditioned to be in keeping with the overall feeling of originality. The engine is said to run very well and the car is entirely usable thanks to the recent mechanical works completed.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
lucas.gomersall@handh.co.uk
07484 082430

 

Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.

 

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