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  • Jaguar E Type S1 3.8 1962 (Historic Plate) British Racing Green

    Description

    When Jaguar launched the E Type at the Geneva Motor show in March 1961, it attracted the attention of the whole world like no other car had before. With its stunning and sleek bodywork, ground breaking performance & impressive handling, it astonished everyone including Enzo Ferrari who later proclaimed it to be the most beautiful car ever made. Could a car like this really be available for nearly half the price of an Aston Martins DB4? At a UK price of £2,098 including Purchase Tax, you really did get something very special for your money.

    Jaguar's boss William Lyons had with his designer Malcom Sayer and engineering director William Heynes created what was to become the greatest motoring legend of all time.

    This two-seater sports car was fitted with the 3.8 litre version of the well proven 6 cylinder double overhead camshaft XK engine, and drove through a four speed manual Moss gearbox. Suspension was independent all round and the rear suspension which featured twin coil spring and damper units either side was, along with the differential and inboard rear brake assemblies, mounted in a cradle that was attached to the cars shell via insulated rubber bushes and stabilised by sturdy radius arms. This sub assembly was later used on nearly all of Jaguars cars for many years to come.

    Inside the car you would find leather seats and fully comprehensive instrumentation that was beautifully laid out on the sports black and aluminium dashboard. This was complimented by a wood rim sports steering wheel to turn Jaguars responsive rack & pinion steering.

    The first road tests further helped to promote the E Type's virtues, with a top speed of 153mph being attained along with standing quarter mile and 0 - 60mph times of 15 seconds & 6.7 seconds respectively. The E type maintained Jaguars very respectable reputation in motor sport and as manufacturer of quality performance cars.

    This absolutely stunning ‘matching numbers’ LHD Series 1 3.8 Roadster was built on 4th October 1962 and has just been the subject of a total cosmetic restoration and mechanical overhaul to an unbelievable standard.

    It was originally ordered by a Dr W D Regestar through Jaguar Cars in New York, but the American owner wished to collect the car in London and drive it around Europe before shipping it back to the USA. It was therefore registered by Jaguar Cars in Coventry in late October or early November 1962 and on one of the well known Jaguar number plates from the period, in this case - 3482 WK.
    It has been MOT'd and is currently being re-registered back onto this original number plate through the DVLA after being re-imported to the UK from the USA.

    The original owner sold the car in the USA to the next owner who lived in Ankorage, Alaska and it remained in his ownership for 42 years before being purchased from him late last year. The mileage on the speedometer indicates that it has covered 58,632 miles from new and this was confirmed as true and correct by the last owner.

    As you can see, from the photographs, the quality of this car and the restoration is simply exceptional and it is almost like a brand new car!
    This is surely a car to buy for the discerning collector and investor!

    Car on display at our showrooms in Mortlake

    Specification

    • Type -

      Convertible

    • Year -

      1962

    • Basic colour -

      British Racing Green

    • Colour name -

    • Transmission -

      Manual

    • Orientation -

      Left Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Leather

    • Wheels -

      Wire

    £ 150,000


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