LESS THAN 4,300 MILES FROM NEW
1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE 3.8 LITRE SERIES I FIXED HEAD COUPE
Chassis No. 890872
Engine No. RA6922-9
White with red leather interior
Engine: six cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 3,781cc giving 269bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: 4-speed manual; Suspension: independent, double wishbone with torsion bars front, independent to rear, with twin coil-spring damper units on each side; Brakes: four wheel disc, inboard at rear. Left hand drive.
Everything Jaguar cars had learned about sports cars during its legendary five victories at Le Mans in the 1950's 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 for 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.
Evolution of the car that was to become the E-Type took several years. The tubular chassis of the C-Type sport racers of 1951-2, the central monocoque of the mid-1950s D-Types, later the fully independent suspension of E2A - raced at Le Mans by Briggs Cunningham - were all important staging points underlining the production E-Type's impeccable pedigree.
This remarkable timewarp Series I Fixed Head Coupe has only 4,200 recorded miles from new. It was delivered new to Mr Robert Bain of Wichita, Kansas in December 1964 from the dealership, Joe Egle Imports. On delivery Mr Bain put his 5,000, mile 1963 Split window Corvette in storage. He drove the Jaguar on sunny days to and from his barber shop. The car was put in storage in 1974 and wasn't driven again until 1987, when Mr Robert Rowe of Ann Arbor, Michigan purchased the car, along with the 5,000 mile Corvette. The car was started once a month and the oil was changed every six months during all its life in storage. Original options included chrome wire wheels, white wall tires, tinted glass, heater, seat belts and a dealer installed radio. The spare tire has never been used and the spare wheel cover still has the cosmolene coating put on when it was shipped to Houston from England. Naturally, the car comes complete with its tool roll, grease gun, Dunlop tyre kit, jack and hammer. Fine details include the original Jaguar seat belts, Triplex Laminated window decals and even a 1965 Valvoline service tag in the door jam. Other than very slight wear to the front seats and the usual cracked porcelain on the exhaust this car is in tremendous condition for an original car and must look much the same as when the first owner took delivery. The current owner has had this Coupe for about a year, in recent months the Jaguar has been serviced.
In 1990 this car was selected to join The Bloomington Gold "Special Collection" which in that year included some of the World's great sport cars along with America's Corvettes. All automobiles were selected for their special interest or preservation and restoration as well as their historic significance or a relationship or challenge to Corvette. The paperwork for this car includes: window sticker invoice, warranty book, maintenance vouchers, service manual and owners manual. The opportunity to purchase such a beautifully preserved Jaguar Classic is becoming increasingly rare, to find a coupe with this mileage is almost impossible to repeat.