|Cars - Jaguar|
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Historics at Brooklands / Mercedes-Benz World 26th November 2016 Cars - 26/11/2016 / 1962 Jaguar E-Type SI Roadster / Lot 167
Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and, secondly, because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Believed to be the 1,515 car to leave the production line, this handsome example was exported directly to Jaguar Canada on the 30th January, 1962. Little is known of its time there except that on 11th December, 1990, the vendor re-imported it back to the UK and began an extensive restoration program including a left to righthand drive conversion. This included striping the paint off to bare metal and completely disassembling the car before its rebuild could begin starting with the application of Waxoil in all cavities. A number of positive upgrades took place at that time including the installation of a 4.2 litre brake servo, a Kenlowe thermostatic fan, a stainless steel exhaust and up-rated brake discs and calipers. The supplied four-speed Moss gearbox (included) was substituted for a five-speed Getrag unit and new chrome wire-wheels and Koni adjustable shock absorbers were fitted to make for a very driveable and eminently usable E-Type. Very competitively priced, the low reserve takes into account the small paint defects that will need attending to although the driving experience is reported to be excellent.