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Lot 342: Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Coup�

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

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 Coup� form. Aerodynamically, the Coup� 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. This right-hand drive 'Series 1' coup� was imported from South Africa in 2001 and acquired by the current owner in December that year, since when it has hardly been used. We are advised that the car has had only three owners and has covered a believed-genuine 22,800 miles from new, while there are bills on file relating to restoration works carried out between July 1979 and August 1981. It is reported that there is very little evidence on under-body rust and no signs of welding, though the presence of bubbling paintwork on the doors indicates that new skins are required. Finished in blue with grey interior, the latter described as excellent, the car is offered with the aforementioned restoration bills, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number342
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£32500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£37375
Condition rating2
Registration number
Chassis number861090 V5315
Engine numberRA6958-8
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors