Lot 149: Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
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. This particular example has recently been repatriated back to European shores after spending its life in the sunny states of California. The vendor informs us this example was always garaged and never used as primary transportation- as testament to the quality of the bodywork. Finished in its original and highly sort after shade of opalescent sand, with black interior , this rare and early matching number 3.8 convertible E-type is offered with a current MoT and UK V5 documentation. An opportunity to acquire what must be the only 3.8 E-type series one offered 'the right side' of £50,000. Not to be missed.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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