1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Roadster
The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the greatest sports car ever built. It was announced at the March 1961 Geneva Motorshow and it took the motoring world by storm . . . the car was an absolute sensation! The body styling was simply gorgeous and technologically the E-Type was an engineering masterpiece and it set new standards in all areas.
Whilst automotive styling is somewhat subjective the E-Type is often ranked atop lists of ‘the most beautiful cars’ and in fact it has been described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made. And it’s not just about the looks as the E-Type is often at the top of other lists such as ‘The best sports car ever built’ or ‘The most significant cars’. It is truly a motoring icon.
As a testament to the success of the E-Type, production evolved through three series from 1961 until 1974 during which time circa 70,000 cars were built.
We are delighted to offer a fabulous example of Jaguar’s iconic E-Type. Just spectatcular are the words one would use to describe this freshly restored 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Litre Roadster!
The car was acquired by its current owner from Phil Newey Sports Cars in La Habra (near Los Angeles) California, USA in July 2000. The car was purchased as a ‘restoration project’ and it needed everything!
Over the last fourteen years the car has undergone a concours standard no expense spared nut and bolt restoration. The file of receipts for parts purchased and work done is almost 2 inches thick!
This car as presented today is just like a new. Finished in black with a contrasting red interior the colour scheme is just spectacular. During the restoration the car was converted to right hand drive and a ‘new’ 3.8 litre engine from a Jaguar Mk X was sourced, rebuilt (as the original block was damaged beyond repair) and fitted to the car. During the restoration the car has had a number of sympathetic modifications and improvements to make it a more usable classic. These modifications and improvements included fitting a Toyota 5 speed gearbox, a modern cooling system (an aluminium radiator with electric fans) and modern lighting systems.
The car looks stunning and importantly it also drives brilliantly . . . just like a ‘new modern E-Type’. In terms of describing its condition it is quite straight forward. Everything is new or restored like new.
The car has been complianced and registered in Queensland.
The current owner has enjoyed the journey that was the restoration project and it’s now time for it to find its next keeper.
- Jaguar E-Type
- 00145 miles
- 3781 cc