28 April 2001,
Price realised USD 21,150
USD 30,000 - USD 40,000
1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE 3.8 FLAT FLOOR ROADSTER
Chassis No. 875699
Engine No. R1996-9
Maroon with black vinyl interior
Engine: six cylinder, double overhead camshafts, triple carburetors, 3,781cc., 265bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent, torsion bar, anti-roll bar, rear, independent with lower wishbones, radius arms, coil springs; Brakes: discs all round. Left hand drive.
Everything Jaguar cars had learned about sports cars during its legendary five victories at Le Mans in the 1950s went into the E-Type. Introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1961, it used an uprated version of the wonderful straight-six XK series engine in Sir William Lyons' stunningly beautiful monocoque bodyshell and was immediately acclaimed, not only for its elegance, but for its value of money. There was little doubt this beautifully finished and equipped two-seater was one of the fastest cars that could be purchased at the time and there was the reassurance that all this performance was now matched by sophisticated brakes, handling and outstanding cornering power. It was an immediate and lasting success and is now regarded as one of the most important designs of a brilliant era.
This Series 1 flat floor roadster appears to be an extremely sound example of this classic sports car. Despite being an East Coast car, this vehicle seems to have led a very sheltered life and the usual signs of corrosion and bodyfiller are not evident. In recent months the car has been subject to a fresh repaint. At some stage the original upholstery has been exchanged for black vinyl and there is a small tear on the driver's seat. A wooden Nardi steering wheel is fitted. The engine ran very well on a recent inspection and was showing good oil pressure. The Jaguar has been kept well tuned and recent work includes new plugs and plug wires and a rebuilt master slave cylinder. The flat floor E-Type is a true collector's classic and still offers a tremendous amount of value for money.
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
Our dedicated online sale of prints by the Chinese-born French artist reveals how his styles and themes evolved across five decades
Discover how we’ve brought to life the mysterious world of this important, early Surrealist work from 1926 — offered in London on 27 February