1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Roadster LHD


Estimate £125,000 - £150,000

Highlights


• Stunning matching numbers Open Two Seater
• Originally supplied to Frankfurt, Germany in 1962
• Invoices totalling £50,000+
• Recent bare metal body restoration
• Extensive engine rebuild
• Beautiful colour combination, exquisite inside and out

THE BACKGROUND


The Jaguar E-Type is an iconic British sports car built by Jaguar Cars between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance and competitive pricing established the model as one of the most famous and desired British classics.

Based off Jaguar's D-Type racing car, this rear wheel drive grand tourer was initially available as a two seater fixed head coupé and a convertible ‘roadster’ and later as a 2+2 extended wheelbase version. It’s sub 7 second 0-60mph and 150mph top speed spurred industry changes, it was even called ‘’the most beautiful car ever made’’ by the famous Enzo Ferrari.

This 1962 built, left hand drive roadster is a Series 1 model finished in Opalescent Silver Grey and equipped with a 3.8L engine, making it one of the most desirable models.

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THE HISTORY


The car it seems is on the edge of the period and may well have been a flat floor but has long since been altered to a later footwell floor probably during a renovation. The seats are those of a flat floor as they do not have recesses in the backs of the seats and thus are as the flat floor models. The date of full changeover to dished foot wells and recessed seat backs was May 1st 1962. Therefore, one can draw their own conclusions as this E-type is confirmed to have completed manufacture on March 27th 1962, as detailed on the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate.

This E-Type was built to European specification and supplied to the distributor Peter Lindner in Frankfurt, Germany, and was then delivered to Lt R L Crutchfield (US Army) in 1962. He returned to USA  - California in 1965 taking the E with him and it had remained there until 2018 when it was purchased  from a private collector and returned to UK.

Additional data on ownership is unknown however, reports online suggest it being sold at auction in 1991 as a ground up restoration and the colour as British Racing Green, in 2002 in Arizona with a another respray, still British Racing Green, rechromed bumpers and restored interior with original materials and then once again at another auction in Monterey California also in 2004.

An advert for the vehicle was also discovered in 2007 listing it for sale. Certificate of a title change in 2014 is recorded, which looks to have occurred after another rebuild carried out in 2011/2012 by Bonnets to Boots, a Californian Classic Car specialist.

It was purchased and imported in 2018, UK registered 2019, by the current owner who instructed an engine rebuild and inspection as well as some additional interior work such as new door card trims and floor carpets.

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THE PAPERWORK


Included with the car is paperwork from the rebuild carried out by Bonnets to Boots and the parts purchased by them from XKs Unlimited. This paperwork dated 2011/2012 also notes the mileage as 38,593.

A substantial rebuild was carried out by this California based classic specialist but to ensure everything was how it was described the current owner commissioned for the engine to be stripped and rebuilt here in the UK. The invoice wasn’t present for this work but will be supplied.

In addition, an invoice for a complete bare metal body restoration is present as well as bills for the new black Mohair hood and relevant trims.

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THE EXTERIOR


This car, simply put, is phenomenal. Enzo Ferrari once said ‘’The most beautiful car ever made’’ and 60 years on his words still ring true. From every angle this car is gorgeous, the Opalescent Silver Grey paint is immaculate and gives the car an elegance only a Jag E-Type could carry.

The chromework gleams in the light, the car is a perfect combination of exquisite paint and lustrous chrome. The trademark wire wheels are in great condition and in the factory offset.

The roof is brand new courtesy of Suffolk & Turley; a black Mohair was chosen, an attractive addition and keeps the car sophisticated and classy. Once folded away, you’re hit with the realism of how good this open two seater looks and can only imagine how good it must feel to drive one of these incredible cars.

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THE INTERIOR


The tan brown interior is a fabulous complement to the silver exterior. The main refurbishment was carried out in the US but items such as the floor carpets and door cards were renewed here in the UK.

The leather seats are in great condition, with only a small indication of use. The floor carpets are brand new and untouched, the dash and radio are also in great order. As you sit at the helm of this British bullet, hands wrapped around the original wood steering you are overcome by its pure excellence, you cannot withstand its enchantment, it's just wonderful inside and out.

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THE MECHANICS


On request the 3.8L straight six fired up with no issue and ticked over confidently as it awaited to be manoeuvred. The roar from these 3.8’s is unforgettable, shivers are sent down spines and flashbacks to pictures on bedroom walls are initiated. This car has had an engine rebuild in the US and at the behest of the current owner then stripped, inspected and rebuilt here in the UK by Jaguar specialists Frazer Eitel Restorations of Cheshire. Every component was checked thoroughly and is how it should be.

Several times the car was started and manoeuvred, gear changes and steering were pleasant and imperceptible. The next custodian should feel confident that this car has been cared for comprehensively in the last 10 years and with the right future care, it will be able to be enjoyed for years to come.

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THE APPEAL


An incredible opportunity to own a Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster, the most desirable series. Race car DNA with added class and sophistication, the E-Type was voted one of most recognised and beautiful cars ever made. This car has turned thousands of heads since leaving the factory with its gorgeous looks and thunderous engine, it’s a true icon of automotive history.

The Silver Grey paint, black roof and tan leather are a splendid pairing, the condition in, out and underneath is wonderful which makes this car even more attractive to potential buyers. Whether you plan to use it for touring the French or Italian Riviera, or a blast at the weekend, this stunning example will be sure to delight, and will certainly stand proud in any collection.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1962
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model E-Type
  • Colour Opalescent Silver Grey
  • Odometer 38,747 Miles
  • Engine size 3800
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
43 bids
  • blackma•••• £109,000 07/10/21
  • debonne•••• £107,500 07/10/21
  • blackma•••• £107,000 07/10/21
  • debonne•••• £106,000 07/10/21
  • blackma•••• £105,500 07/10/21
  • debonne•••• £104,500 07/10/21
  • blackma•••• £104,000 07/10/21
  • debonne•••• £102,500 07/10/21
  • blackma•••• £102,000 07/10/21
  • debonne•••• £100,500 07/10/21

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