Monterey, Jet Center
18 August 2005
1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I 3.8 ROADSTER
Chassis No. 879843
Engine No. RA2975-9
Gun Metal Grey with red leather interior and black soft top
Engine: straight six, twin overhead camshafts, 3,781cc, 265bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual with overdrive; Suspension: independent front with double wishbones and torsion bars, rear independent by trailing and transverse links with coil spring/damper units; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
While the new E-Type had understandably received rave reviews at the Geneva Auto Show, the arrival of the new models in the US was no doubt dreaded by the American manufacturers while Jaguar Cars Inc. geared up for another public relations coup. The New York International Auto Show was held in April 1961 and to say that the two models shown, the roadster and fastback coupe, were the show sensations is an understatement. The E-Type was an immediate hit. Six were sold within thirty minutes of the New York Show's opening. This launch of the car was accompanied by all the pomp and circumstance Jaguar and the auto show management could muster, an acknowledgement of the importance of the US market to Jaguar.
Owing to a lack of supply, it was some months before journalists were allowed to drive the E-Type and early testing happened in the UK. The first Road & Track road test appeared in the September 1961 issue and the Americans referred to the cars as the Jaguar XK-E. Their introduction under the header 'Sensational is the word for this Coventry Cat' reads as follows, "If a new car ever created greater excitement around our office than the new Jaguar XK-E, we can't remember it. And to sum up this car in the third sentence of a report may be unusual for us, but it is easy to do. The car comes up to, and exceeds, all our great expectations." By 1963, one third of Jaguar's cars were being sold to American customers. The E-Type is also one of the few cars that has reached the status of owning spots in both the Smithsonian Institution and New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The E-Type shown here is an outstanding early example of the legendary British marque. Now being offered by only the second documented owner, it is believed to have traveled a mere 30,664 miles since new. In the same family ownership from new to until just recently, this lovely E-Type underwent a total restoration only a few years ago. Finished in a stunning gun metal grey handsomely offset with a vibrant red leather interior, this example offers a unique and most desirable color combination. Having been recently serviced by an English car expert, we are told that this E-Type runs and drives like new. Further the engine bay is well-detailed and all mechanicals are fully operational and ready to go. Additionally a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate has been applied for and will be available at the time of sale. This E-Type is an exceptional car awaiting a new home and should not be missed.
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