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Lot 516: Jaguar Type E Série 1 3.8-Litre Coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

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. Its 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 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the 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. Although conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door. We are advised that this Series 1 3.8-litre coupé was sold by Fantasy Junction of Emeryville, California with title stating 'the 17,504 miles reflects the actual mileage...' It should be noted that the car came from Idaho, a state under snow for six months each year, which severely restricts the use of vehicles not specifically designed for such conditions. At time of photographing the odometer reading was 17,582 miles (approximately 28,300 kilometres). A matching-numbers example, the car benefits from a major service undertaken less than 50 kilometres ago and is offered with MoT certificate and UK V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number516
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€60000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€69000
Year1963
Condition rating
Registration numberWRT 114A
Mileage-
Chassis number887537
Engine numberR8862-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors