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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 2nd June 2010 Car - 02/06/2010 / 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8L Roadster / Lot 29
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. Manufactured 8th March 1962 this righthand drive E-Type Roadster was dispatched to a Jaguar dealer in St Helier, Jersey and subsequently sold to the Jersey Golf Club. The club is a Par 68 course, hence the significance of the original registration 'JGC 68' which it retains today. We understand that the car remained on the Island for many years until it was repatriated to the UK mainland in the early 1970's. It was the subject of comprehensive restoration between 1989 and 1991 by CT Classic Cars of Warwickshire, with the engine being rebuilt by XK Engineering. Invoices accompany the car totalling some £52,000 detailing the comprehensive restoration. Finished in its original colour of Carmen red Coachwork with black leather interior and a black mohair hood. JGC 68 has covered only 1,800 miles since the work was completed as the car was stored after the restoration and used sparingly. Recently fully refreshed and serviced including the fitment of an upgraded brake set by Coppercraft and brand new 6.5 J centre laced wire wheels and Pirelli tyres, the car looks as if the restoration was just completed as it remains in excellent all round condition, with the new wheels improving both handling and the appearance of the car. Supplied with the aforementioned history file which includes the restoration bills and Jaguar Heritage Certificate, a number of old MoT test certificates and a current MoT Road Test Certificate until June 2010, this stunning example of perhaps the most desired specification E-Type is a must for every collection and with the 50 anniversary of the E-Type in 2011, this car will definitely appeal to the discerning collector.