|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||21,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 3rd March 2011 Car - 03/03/2011 / 1961 Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8 Roadster - Flat Floor / Lot 332
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. Chassis number 85202 was supplied to its first owner, a Mr. J. H. Lawson of Newcastle Upon Tyne, from Glovers of Ripon on the 23rd October 1961 in its current colour of British Racing Green. It was purchased by its last owner in 1999 from Oxley Threads, who had preserved the vehicle in dehumidified storage following a nut and bolt restoration in 1990. Between 1990 and 1999 the vehicle hardly turned a wheel other than for periodic servicing and cleaning. For the last eleven years it has been used and enjoyed in Spain and England as part of a small collection of classic cars. In 2006 a professional refurbishment took place, which entailed a number of sensible upgrades allowing the vehicle to cope with 21 century motoring without spoiling its originality and patina. In the past four years DSU377 has been treated to Coopercraft front calipers, aluminum radiator with integral electric fan, new brass header tank,?Luminition electronic ignition, and high torque starter?Dyno/Alternator. ?In addition to these improvements from the standard specification, the following has recently been carried out by Marque specialists: a respray in original British Racing Green,?retrimmed seats,?new floormats,?new door hinges,?new rubber seals,?new hood and ?new hood cover. This most desirable of flatfloor E-Type Jaguars is supplied with its original Moss gearbox and is described by the vendor as ""tight and rattle free, and can be driven any distance with confidence."" With the 50 anniversary of the E-Type in 2011, this car represents a sound investment opportunity and would be a sure crowd pleaser at any event lucky enough to have it in attendance.