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Lot 158: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The E-Type is a British icon and certainly one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made. Production commenced in Coventry of this now legendary car in March 1961, initially for the export market only and domestic production was introduced come 4 months later. Using the tried and tested 3781cc XK inline Six, in this guise with triple SU carburettors from the XK150S, the early cars (up to the summer of 1962) had flat floors rather than deeply-recessed footwells, and are recognised and being among the most desirable variants. Equipped with a Moss 4-speed manual gearbox with no synchromesh on 1st gear, all early cars came with leather-trimmed bucket seats and aluminium trimming to both the instrument panel and console. With just a Jaguar badge to tell passers-by what it was, these early cars are the choice of many a connoisseur, with clean and perfectly balanced lines and mechanical simplicity and purity. This 1961 car was supplied new by Henly's of London to a gentleman in Hertfordshire on the 22nd January 1962, and there are many bills and old MOT Certificates, as well as a letter from one of the owners during the 1970s documenting an extensive bodywork refurbishment and interior re-trim between 1973-76. We understand that shortly afterwards it went into covered storage in around 1980 and for at least 15 years lay sleeping before being sold as a barn find in July 2000; the car was moved to a Jaguar specialist in South Yorkshire where it was mechanically rebuilt, incorporating some sensible period upgrades to include a 5 Speed Getrag gearbox and prop-shaft, alternator conversion and electronic ignition. The car was then shipped south and a further full body restoration was undertaken and finished in the Jaguar Sapphire blue metallic seen on the coachwork today. Over the past few years, the Jaguar has been enjoyed only sparingly, used almost exclousively on dry days, and from the documentation provided has covered less than 1,000 miles in the past 11 years. Mechanically, according to the present owner the car is ready to be driven and responds well. There is a file of early history including the buff log-book and continuation book, original supplying dealer information, some build-sheets, sundry bills and old MOT Certificates as well as a current MOT to October 2012. There are some later invoices for mechanical work from the period 2000-2002, and some recent service and maintenance bills too. An excellent example of a rare car, in very pleasing order.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number158
Estimate£60000-£70000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating1
Registration number80 XKE
Mileage-
Chassis number850342
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2