1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre FHC Flat Floor LHD


Highlights


∙Matching numbers flat-floor Series 1. 
∙Extensive restoration undertaken in 2011-12. 
∙Wealth of history and original books supplied with the car

The Background 


A lot has already been documented about the Jaguar E-type, whether it be the 11th hour dash to Geneva in 1961, or Enzo Ferrari’s infamous remark declaring it as the most beautiful car in the world. 60 years on and it lives on as arguably the most important model in Jaguar’s illustrious back-catalogue. 

The History 


This Jaguar was completed on November 17th 1961 and delivered new to sunny Belvedere, California before finding its way to an avid Oregon-based Jaguar collector in 1990, who would go on to take great care and pride of this big cat for the next 30 years 

During this ownership, some 20,000 miles were enjoyed and a thorough restoration was undertaken in 2011 and finished in 2012. This pampered E-Type, or XKE as it was marketed as in the United States was sold in 2020 and consequently made its way over across the pond to England, via a brief stint in Florida. 

The Interior 


Opening the door and stepping inside is akin to sitting inside a time-capsule. The relative-snug nature of an E-Type cabin compared to modern vehicles, feels every bit luxurious and endorphin-boosting as it was in 1961. This is all thanks to the no-expense-spared nature and commitment of the previous owners and their passion for this car. The red leather seats have also been re-upholstered in 2012 and have no tears. 

The interior of this XKE really has had no expense spared, and it shows when you first take in the intricate detail of this vintage cabin. Glance over to the period-correct and updated Stomberg-Carlson radio and you’ll see that the surrounding chrome has been removed and polished. The switches, gear knobs and other interior parts such as seatbelts have all been replaced too and the dials have also been replaced with a 160mph Smiths speedometer and a 5.5k rev-counter. The mileage shows at just under 52,500 however please note that this cannot be verified.  

The Exterior 


The opalescent gunmetal paintwork over-red interior is a mouth-watering proposition. Even more so thanks to a full-body respray 10 years ago in its production colour. 

Furthermore, all exterior bumpers have been removed, re-chromed and re-applied with all casings, guttering and light housings plus more all having been replaced too. 

Tasteful chrome wire wheels have also been applied to finish the tasteful and period-correct look of this flat-floor Series 1. 

The Mechanics 


The matching-numbers 3.8L six-cylinder originating from the infamous XK150S has been removed, rebuilt, and paired with a four-speed manual from a later E-type all during the ’11-’12 restoration. Work undertaken includes new main bearings, a sleeve on cylinder 3 and Mahle 9:1 Pistons. New bronze valve guides and exhaust valves have also been applied.

All three carburettors have been removed, rebuilt and re-applied, as well as replacement parts such as manifolds, engine mounts, timing chain, header tank and more – all documented within the various invoices. 

The engine roars into life on the button, with no rattles or noises of concern. 

The Paperwork 


The car is accompanied with a rich history from its 60 year life, including its Jaguar Daimler heritage certificate awarded in 2014. Please note that the car is awaiting its UK registration however this has been applied for. 

The original service book and operating manual will also be supplied upon sale.

The Appeal 


Becoming a custodian of an E-Type is a special proposition. However, rarely does such an opportunity such as this become available. 

This particular car has truly been loved, cared for and looked after by its previous owners. From California to Florida and now the United Kingdom, this XKE has benefited from owners who have spared no expense in keeping this cat singing on all cylinders and looking as glamorous as the day it was delivered in 1961. 

The car is currently under the custodian of world-renowned vintage and classic car specialists, Woodham Mortimer – who have ensured that this remarkable car is primed and ready for its new owner. 

This is a rare opportunity to own a meticulous and pristine flat-floor example in an enviable specification – one that has been looked after by all the right people and one that’s story deserves to live on and showcase everything a flat-floor Series 1 should be. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model E Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Coupé Flat Floor LHD
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 52,500 Miles
  • Engine size 3800
  • Town Chelmsford
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
47 bids
  • bene-bi•••• £129,000 22/10/21
  • Apeton £128,500 22/10/21
  • martin.•••• £109,000 22/10/21
  • bene-bi•••• £108,000 22/10/21
  • martin.•••• £106,500 22/10/21
  • bene-bi•••• £105,000 22/10/21
  • martin.•••• £103,000 22/10/21
  • mee-noi•••• £102,000 22/10/21
  • bene-bi•••• £101,000 22/10/21
  • stratoc•••• £100,500 22/10/21

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