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Lot 222: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams (29 June 2012)

If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.' - John Bolster, Autosport. Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer's design did indeed owe much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer: a monocoque tub forming the main structure, while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265bhp available E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Taller drivers though, could find the interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. Today, the E-Types graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars, and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time. This beautiful E-Type Series I Roadster's accompanying Jaguar Heritage certificate reveals that it was manufactured as an open two-seater in right-hand drive configuration and sold new via dealer A J Beal of Exeter, Devon to one M J Goddard of Seaton in that county. The original colour scheme is recorded as Carmen Red with matching interior trim and black soft-top. The car remained with its original owner from new until 2000 when it was bought and restored by a company, then sold to a Mr David Taylor. Noteworthy upgrades include Coopercraft ventilated disc brakes, under-body Waxoyling, electronic ignition, a Kenlowe electric cooling fan and a modern CD player discreetly installed in the boot and controlled via pod beneath the dashboard. There are restoration photographs and invoices on file, including those for the engine rebuild. Mr Taylor was a wealthy retired farmer and the E-Type joined a stable of other classic cars, boats and steam engines, few of which were kept for any length of time. The E-Type was a concours winner at Tatton Park shortly after completion and in 2001 was sold to the current vendor. Since acquisition the latter has driven the car approximately 3,000 miles, including visits to the Goodwood Revival meeting. Described as in generally very good/excellent condition, '690 LTT' is offered with the aforementioned Jaguar certificate and restoration records, current road fund licence, MoT to September 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Festival of Speed
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood,UK
Lot Number222
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£52000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£59740
Condition rating1
Registration number690 LTT
Chassis number850508
Engine numberR4882-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2