Estimated at £70,000 - £80,000
Registration No: T.B.A.
Chassis No: 887598
According to its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate, chassis 887598 was completed on November 21st 1962 and shipped to Jaguar Cars, New York shortly thereafter. Originally finished in Cream with Red upholstery, its first owner is recorded as V.F. Sastarich. Stated to have been ‘beautifully restored’ and to have covered ‘only 47,000 miles’ when advertised for sale during 2004, the E-Type was resident in the dry state of Texas the following decade. Pleasingly retaining its original ‘matching numbers’ engine block, the two-seater had been uprated with a later Jaguar all-synchromesh four-speed manual gearbox and wood veneered auxiliary instrument panel by the time the vendor imported it to the UK. As well as thoroughly recommissioning the Fixed Head Coupe, he had it fitted with European specification indicators front and rear and resprayed in lustrous Opalescent Grey Metallic. The engine bay was detailed and what is thought to be the original Red leather upholstery complemented by a new West of England cloth headlining. Rated by the seller as ‘overall a superb example which drives beautifully’, this stunning E-Type has been NOVA’d with all relevant duties paid.
Famously launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore. Its combination of supercar performance, superb styling and a low price tag left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. While, early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. 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 roadholding 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 low-slung two-seater to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. While any E-type Fixed Head Coupe is desirable, the lithesome free-revving 3.8 litre cars enjoy a particularly exalted status. Dating from early in the production cycle before Jaguar responded to popular demand for greater comfort and refinement, they arguably represent the automotive icon in its purest form.
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PLEASE NOTE: This lot has been imported from America with a NOVA declaration and duty paid. It has yet to be UK road registered.