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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 3rd March 2011 Car - 03/03/2011 / 1964 Jaguar E Type 3.8 Litre Roadster / Lot 345
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 clamoring. While early sports car 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 righthand drive series 1 example is finished in carmen red coachwork with red hide, a black mohair hood and was converted to a roadster from a series 1 fixedhead coupé approximately 10 years ago using a new Martin Robey body shell. Purchased by the vendor as an unfinished project, he set about finishing the car and making it a usable and presentable example. First registered on January 15 1964, this nicely presented roadster has been regularly maintained by its enthusiast owner and has been driven regularly since its build. Indeed the vendor has just returned from an enjoyable round trip to Budapest in the car and WDJ 566 behaved perfectly throughout the journey. The history file contains service invoices, a number of previous MoT test certificates and photographs showing the car at various stages of the conversion. The car was last serviced by a Jaguar specialist in June 2010 and will be freshly serviced prior to the sale. Given the value of a factory built series 1 3.8 roadster in today's marketplace, WDJ 566 represents excellent value for money and one would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and a factory built example without consulting their chassis numbers.