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Lot 328: Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Litre Fixedhead Coupe

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar's E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. A direct descendent of the C and D-Type models that so dominated Fifties sports car racing, its 3.8 litre twin cam engine produced 265bhp and was mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox. Beneath the beautiful William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in coupe or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all independent suspension mounted on detachable subframes, using double coil springs/dampers and swing arms at the rear with torsion bars and wishbones at the front. Brakes were discs all round, mounted inboard at the back. The E-Type quickly became a sensation, and even today remains one of the most famous and beloved classic cars of all time. Built in 1962, this particular example looks stunning in opalescent silver and sitting on chrome wire wheels. The original owners of 860186 were founder members of the Jaguar Drivers Club who ordered the car new from Jaguar with performance upgrades including D-Type camshafts and a big valve cylinder head. With performance enhancements fitted from new this car saw plenty of action on the track in its earlier years with previous owners including RAF test pilot Julian Soddy who raced the vehicle at the Brighton speed trials in 1976 and Derek Bovet-White who raced the car regularly at Silverstone and various other circuits. Totally restored 8 years ago it is now described by the vendor as being in top concours condition. With the work carried out a few years ago all components have bedded in nicely with all aspects of the car being described as excellent, as befits a car which has been meticulously maintained since the restoration was completed. During the restoration a full synchro mesh gearbox was fitted, making the driving experience even more enjoyable. This is a superb example with the distinction of being the winner of various awards and feature of many Jaguar publications over the last three decades, and is supplied with a V5 document, current MoT certificate and full photographic restoration documentation.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number328
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1962
Condition rating1
Registration number600 FBP  
Mileage-
Chassis number860186
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2