Lot 626: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Coup�
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. The newcomer's design did indeed owe much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer: 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. With a claimed 265bhp available E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs 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. Taller drivers though, could find the interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. Today, the E-Type's graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time. This E-Type Series I Coup�'s accompanying Jaguar Heritage certificate reveals that it was manufactured in left-hand drive configuration and sold new via Jaguar Cars, New York, USA to first owner F A Forbes. The original colour scheme is recorded as cream with black interior trim and the original engine as 'R9353-9'. Restored in the 1980s and described as in generally good condition, the car returned to the UK last year and is presented freshly serviced, MoT'd and ready for a new owner. It is expected to possess a UK V5C registration document by time of sale.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€31050|
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