|Cars - Jaguar|
|Registration||To be applied for|
|Odometer reading||27,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 25th September 2010 Car - 25/09/2010 / 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster Restoration Project / Lot 38
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. While early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension (torsion-bar front / coil-sprung rear) rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox (with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th), it reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar. This highly original 1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 S1 roadster is described by the vendor as: ""very solid, straight and relatively rust free. A truly magnificent time warp car that still has its keys in the ignition!"" All of the brightwork on the car is in restorable condition so there is no need for poor quality reproduction parts. It appears to have never been welded and retains its factory panel gaps, which ideally suit chassis number 850865 as a candidate for a concourse restoration, just in time for the E-Type Golden anniversary next year. Originally supplied in Guards Red with beige interior it comes with a JDHT certificate confirming these details and confirmation that this E-Type retains its original matching engine. Having spent most of its life in Hong Kong and the USA, 850865 has only recently been imported back to the UK and is supplied with the appropriate New York State title papers. Complete with an original and extremely rare factory hard top, what better way to spend those long winter evenings than in the company of a true survivor that will inevitably provide the perfect base for the discerning collector's dream E-Type.