1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 ROADSTER
Not UK Registered
Chassis No. 850035
Engine No. R 1173-9
Carmen Red with black leather interior
Engine: In line six-cylinder with chain-driven twin overhead camshafts, 3781cc, 269bhp at 5000rpm; Triple SU carburettors; Gearbox: manual four-speed with synchromesh on upper three gears; Suspension: independent, double wishbones with torsion bars to front; independent to rear, with twin coil-spring/damper units on each side; Brakes: servo assisted disc all round, inboard at rear. Right hand drive.
Electrifying performance, sensational looks and unbelievable value for money at £1480 pre-tax, made the E-Type Jaguar the sensation of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar's creator Sir William Lyon's instinct for line, proportion and decoration resulted in a masterpiece of design that was also one of the fastest roadgoing cars of the time. The E-Type derived from the evolution of the C-type's tubular chassis, the D-Type sports-racers central monocoque and the fully independent suspension of E2A which was raced at the Le Mans 24 hours by Briggs Cunningham in 1960.
This particular carmen red example from new, is not only a matching numbers car but one of the ultra rare and highly desirable, flat floor, external bonnet lock cars, being the 35th right hand drive car produced and can be seen on the famous photograph of the first 50 right hand drive roadsters in front of the factory on July 14th 1961. These cars were reserved for dealers as demonstrators and could not be sold before 3 months, chassis No.35 going to Henly's. It features RS5 Dunlop tyres on painted Jaguar competition wires, a period radio, complete tool kit, Lucas PL5 lights, all correct period decals and a stainless steel exhaust system.
After a full rebuild without compromise to originality and to concours standards in 1989 by Mill Lane Engineering the car has been used sparingly having only covered 8,500 miles to date. At the Jaguar Club's "1000 E-type Day" for the 30th anniversary of the model in 1991, it was awarded a class win for series 1 cars in the concours event.
In this year of the 40th anniversary of the E-type's official launch in March 1961, 40 years ago month for month, this ultra rare early specification car, which Christie's is proud to offer on this occasion, presents a possibly unique opportunity for the serious Jaguar enthusiast to acquire a landmark example of this model.
Recently road tested by a Christie's specialist who has known the car since its restoration, it performed beautifully and is ready for immediate use being in excellent overall condition, both in its bodywork and mechanics.
Currently registered in the EU with duties paid, it would require registration with the DVLA before road use in the United Kingdom.