13th Mar, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 118

1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster
Full restoration by marque specialist

Lot details

Registration No: YAG 654
Chassis No: 876632
MOT: May 2024

  • Finished in its original colours of Carmen Red paintwork with a Red interior and Black hood
  • Matching chassis, engine block, cylinder head, gearbox plus picture frame
  • Offered with Heritage Certificate and a collection of invoices
  • Manufactured on the 25th January 1962 and despatched to Jaguar cars of New York
  • Recently emerged from a full restoration by marque specialist
  • A post flat floor example but still retaining early production features

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.

Dating from the first ten months of production, chassis 876632 was completed on 25th January 1962 and despatched to Jaguar Cars of New York, USA, hence its left-hand drive configuration. Possessing matching chassis, body, engine block, gearbox and back axle numbers, the E-Type is further understood to retain a variety of very early build features such as the initial-style dashtop/vents, different profile chrome trim strips to the door tops, earlier-type butler lights for the rear license plate and bigger diameter drive shafts.

Not long emerged from an extensive, ground up, bare metal restoration by a UK marque specialist, the Roadster has been refinished in its original colours of Carmen Red with Red leather upholstery. Over 200 accompanying photographs document the extent of the mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment with the results said to speak for themselves. Entrusted to Tom Hampton of Hampton Coach Trimming Ltd, Staffs, the gorgeous interior is offset by a Black soft-top and matching tonneau cover. Riding on new wire wheels shod with fresh tyres, the two-seater also benefits from an uprated Powerlite starter motor. Worthy of close inspection, this stunning E-Type would surely grace any marque collection. Offered with current V5C, Heritage Certificate and a collection of invoices this smart looking early E-Type is ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 13th Mar, 2024

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held at the iconic and visually stunning Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Venue Details 

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