1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 3.8 FLAT FLOOR ROADSTER
Registration No. 648 CYV
Chassis No. 850218
Engine No. R2247/9
Carmen red with beige leather interior and black soft top
Engine: six cylinder, in-line, twin overhead camshafts, triple SU HD8 carburetors, 3,781cc., 265bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with synchromesh on upper three gears; Suspension: independent, double wishbones with torsion bars to front, independent rear with twin coil spring/damper units on each side; Brakes: servo-assisted discs all round. Right hand drive.
Electrifying performance, drop-dead good looks and unbelievable value for money made the Jaguar E-Type the sensation of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. The car was just about the fastest roadgoing machine that money could buy and Sir William Lyons' instinct for line, proportion and decoration ensured it was an immediate success. The E-Type had a central monocoque with a tubular front frame and the addition of independent rear suspension. With disc brakes all round, the new roadgoing Jaguar had braking power in keeping with the performance.
The car we proudly offer is an extremely early production 'flat floor' roadster that was built in October 1961. The JDHT production record trace certificate also informs us that the car was originally supplied with Carmen red coachwork a matching red interior and a black soft top. Delivered by Henlys of London on 30th October 1961, the fortunate first owner was a G. C. Cussens of Enfield, Middlesex.
In Jaguar folklore, the name of XK Engineering is synonymous with the finest restorations of the marque. The car offered for sale, was the subject of a ground up re-build at the hands of this renowned company between 1989 and early 1991, having been supplied in basket case condition by their client.
With the car is a comprehensive file detailing the work and expense necessitated to revive the car to its former glory. Every invoice throughout the restoration period comes with the car and so fastidious was the extent to which the restoration was executed that even at a time when labour charges were a mere £20.00 an hour, the total bill still amounted to £25,000. A well presented photographic record of the restoration is also in the history file depicting the story of how a sorry amalgamation of parts was turned back into the stunning motor car that Browns Lane staff themselves would have been proud of.
When purchased by the current owner in 1995 from XK Engineering, it had travelled just 2,100 miles since the restoration and thus had only just been run in. Over the last nine years the car has been much admired and well maintained, but rarely used and the odometer now reads a mere 2,862 miles. When driven by a Christie's specialist the car performed without fault and of particular note was how well the engine pulled, the Moss 'box was true to reputation and the road holding was a delight. With only sympathetic use since its fabulous restoration to original specification, this rare, highly desirable, matching numbers 'flat floor' E-Type has remained in exquisite order, and still is today, beautiful in every regard. Currently MoT'd and road taxed, it is ready to be used or exhibited.