Wed, 14th Oct 2015 12:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 77

1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Coupe

Sold for £126,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 8599 NE
Chassis No: 860472
Mot Expiry: Sept 2016

- Comprehensive professional restoration recently completed by marque specialist

- Matching numbers UK supplied RHD car with Jaguar Heritage Certificate

- Finished in its original specification and colour scheme of Opalescent Silver Grey with red interior

Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breath-taking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the iconic E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.

This original matching numbers right hand drive UK market Series 1 E-type 3.8 was, as confirmed by the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate, manufactured on 30 April 1962 and finished in Opalescent Silver Grey with red interior. On 1st June 1962 it was supplied to its first owner, a Mr R H Hyman, via Henlys, Manchester. According to the V5C registration document there are only two further registered keepers including the current vendor since the car was new.

The subject of an extensive restoration between 1975-1980 by Phoenix Automotive which included an engine overhaul, full retrim and replacement of the bonnet, doors and floor, after six months of summer motoring it was dry-stored on wooden blocks under a fitted cotton dust sheet and woven covers. Subsequently offered for sale at H&H's Pavilion Gardens auction in October 2013, it was purchased from there by the vendor, a keen historic racer and car collector. Upon inspection the car was found to be structurally sound but the non-original green paintwork had suffered and was in poor condition. The decision was taken to treat the car to a comprehensive back to bare metal restoration with the work being entrusted to a marque specialist and race car preparer. These painstaking works took eighteen months to complete and included a return to the original specification and colour scheme of Opalescent Silver Grey with red interior.

Retaining its Moss gearbox and registering some 78,000 miles on its odometer, this extremely desirable early E-type, finished in arguably the best colour combination, is accompanied by a Swansea V5C document, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, sundry invoices and current MoT expiring September 2016. Always prized by collectors, original UK market E-Types have now become particularly sought after and this beautifully restored example would undoubtedly enhance any collection.

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