Lot 224A: 1962 Jaguar E-Type
On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results that not only recorded a 150mph top speed, but also 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and the match of any exotic thoroughbred then available, combined with superb road-holding and remarkable docility.One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar's E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that could be bought for just over £2,000 almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 'S', mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.On offer today is perhaps one of the finest E-Types we have seen. Originally produced in 1962, this car was off the road for almost 30 years until the current owner demanded the best E-Type at any cost. Classic Coach Builders in Sittingbourne, Kent, regarded as one of the UK's leading restorers with over 20 years experience were commissioned with creating this E-Type. The car is finished to concours condition with notable upgrades. The 6 cylinder 3.8 litre engine was completely overhauled and up rated to fast road spec by VSE in Wales, again, noted as the very best in their field. The engine feeds through triple Webers with upgraded brakes fitted with larger calipers to reign in the performance. Other enhancements include an aluminium radiator and additional cooling which make summer city driving possible. The interior was completely refurbished and finished in biscuit Connolly leather and is in perfect condition. Improvements include a well hidden CD changer operated by remote, the original Motorola radio is still in situ. The engine has covered only a few thousand miles since its rebuild. Offered with a current MoT and V5 certificate this is perhaps one of the best examples of an E-Type on the road today, offering all the charms of the original with subtle modern upgrades.
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Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
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