Monterey, Jet Center
12 August 2004
1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I 3.8 ROADSTER
Chassis No. 881662
Engine No. RA7057-9
British racing green with tan 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 anticipation of the new cars arriving 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 test the E-Type and the 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 Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The E-Type offered here is an outstanding example of the legendary British marque. Restored approximately ten years ago, the vehicle shows very minor signs of age. The soft leather interior is offset by the traditional 'racing green'. The engine bay is well-detailed and all mechanicals are fully operational and ready to go. Receipts in hand include a complete brake restoration in early 2004. With even engine compression, no smoke and just 33,000 miles showing, this E-Type is an exceptional car awaiting a new home.
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