1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202
Lot 216
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster
Sold for £149,340 (US$ 200,348) inc. premium

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster   Chassis no. 875202
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' 'External Bonnet Lock' Roadster
Registration no. OSL 493
Chassis no. 875202
* Delivered new to Canada
* Matching chassis and engine numbers
* Converted from left- to right-hand drive
* Circa 335 miles since restoration
* Dry-stored and re-commissioned for sale

Footnotes

  • '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.'

    There have been few better summaries of the Jaguar E-Type's manifest virtues than John Bolster's, penned for Autosport shortly after the car's debut in 1961. Introduced in 3.8-litre form, the E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: 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. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) 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.

    Despite the E-Type's gorgeous appearance, taller drivers could find its interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. But of all the versions of Jaguar's long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8-litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.

    Completed on 11th July 1961, this 'flat floor' also features the external bonnet locks and welded bonnet louvres typical of these early models. Originally finished in Opalescent Dark Green with Tan interior and Sand hood, it was shipped to Jaguar of Eastern Canada, Montreal and first owned by C W Crothers of Toronto. Subsequently there were owners in Alberta, Canada and Syracuse, New York, the latter in 1989 when the car was red in colour.

    In 1989 the E-Type was bought by the previous owner in Florida as a restoration project, and in 1997 was purchased by the current owner in partially restored but uncompleted condition. The car was then shipped to the UK. The previous restoration work being considered unsatisfactory, a full 'last nut and bolt' bare-metal rebuild was commenced in November 1997. Undertaken by a retired engineer, the restoration was completed in July 2000 following some 3000-plus man-hours of work, which included conversion from left- to right-hand drive. All parts were stripped back to bare metal and then refinished appropriately, with over 100 components being stripped, polished, and re-plated, while the colour scheme was changed to the present Opalescent Light Maroon with maroon-piped cream interior.

    The front frame members were tested, and any thin or perforated tubes replaced with aircraft-grade tubing. Restoration of the body panels undertaken by shrinking, stretching, and lead-loading, with only minimal amounts of epoxy filler used. All electrical equipment was stripped, tested, and overhauled. Interior trim and leatherwork was undertaken by John Skinner.

    On the mechanical side, the engine was bored out to +0.020"; the cylinders honed; the crankshaft reground and balanced; new bearings, pistons, and seals fitted; the cylinder head cleaned; and the valves and seats reground. The gearbox and rear axle were overhauled with new bearings and seals; and the suspension springs, rubbers, bushes, shock absorbers, and hubs replaced. Fuel and brake lines were replaced, and new 6"-rim stainless steel wire wheels fitted.

    Following completion, 'OSL 493' was dry-stored from 2002 until July 2017 when it was re-commissioned by Roman Garages of Grantham. Presented in generally excellent condition, this collectible early E-Type is offered with restoration invoices, shipping paperwork, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, MoT to August 2018, and a V5C registration document.
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