Lot 333

Monterey 2022

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

Offered from the Iannelli Family Collection


$280,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
Cylinder Head No.
R 2088-9
US Title
  • Offered from the Iannelli Family Collection
  • Impeccably presented; expertly restored with correct details throughout
  • Finished in black over red leather with black soft-top
  • Powered by a triple-carbureted, 3.8-liter, inline, six-cylinder engine
  • One of just 1,729 Series 1 roadsters produced during the first year of availability
Addendum: Please note that, on further inspection, this car does not retain its numbers-matching engine block. There are no visible numbers on the block. Additionally, the body number tag is absent.

Based upon the wildly successful D-Type racing Jaguar, the E-Type was an instant success with its sensual lines and muscular, but manageable 3.8-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine. Launched in March of 1961, the E-Type featured a monocoque passenger compartment, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension—a combination that proved incredibly popular among the touring elite.

An accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate indicates that this superb Series 1 E-Type 3.8-liter open two-seater was completed on 11 October 1961 and finished in Cream over light blue leather with a blue top.

One of just 1,729 Series 1 roadsters produced for the model year, it is a highly prized example with flat floors, welded louvers, covered head lamps, and a Moss non-synchromesh four-speed transmission. Interestingly, this car was specified for “personal export delivery” to the shipping agent Antonin Besse & Co., of Aden, Yemen. It is perhaps the only Series 1 E-Type originally delivered to this small, oil-rich gulf state.

While its ensuing history is unknown, this exemplary E-Type roadster resurfaced in 2012, when it was discovered in a partially restored state in Southern California. It was acquired at this time by the marque specialists at Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California, for a complete restoration, which was completed in April 2015.

The 3.8-liter engine was fully rebuilt with new pistons, bearings, valves, guides, seals, and timing chain. The head, clutch, carburetors, brakes, rear end, and transmission were rebuilt, and the driveshaft was balanced. The shocks were restored, new suspension hardware was fitted, and much of the chassis, the top bows, and seat frames were powder coated. All systems were either replaced or meticulously restored. Not a single mechanical or electrical component of this superb E-Type Jaguar is said to have been left untouched.

Meanwhile, the body of the E-Type was stripped to bare metal and repaired as necessary, then reassembled with careful attention to detail. Once sealed with epoxy primer, this 1961 Jaguar was painted in its current shade of black, then color sanded and buffed to a mirror-like finish. All seals, gaskets, and brightwork were replaced or re-plated, while the interior was retrimmed in red leather and a new black top was fitted.

Under the consignor’s ownership, this striking Series 1 Roadster has been proudly displayed in a climate-controlled collection space, seeing intermittent use and regular maintenance by an on-site technician. Within the last 50 miles, it has received fresh fluids and necessary servicing in preparation for sale.

This attractive and expertly restored Jaguar E-Type is certainly poised for a new adventure, be it Jaguar Club events and judging, or a comfortable tour with other distinguished automobiles.