- Highly desirable early production Series 1 example
- Beautifully restored by marque specialists
- Gorgeous color combination of silver over black
- Upgraded with Tremec five-speed gearbox
- Includes its four-speed gearbox
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 motor. Launched in 1961, the E-Type featured a monocoque passenger compartment, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension – a combination which proved ultra-popular among the touring elite.
This superb Series 1 E-Type was completed on 5 October 1961 and finished in Carmen Red over black. It is a highly prized early first-series example with flat floors and covered head lamps. Originally a California black-plate car, it was first owned by Burt Sugarvian of Los Angeles. In 1971, the E-Type was then placed in a climate-controlled facility for storage. While its ensuing history is unknown, the car was later given a meticulous restoration by marque specialists at Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California, in 2004.
The original 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 as well as the top bows and seat frames were powder coated. All systems were replaced or meticulously restored. Not a single mechanical or electrical component of this superb E-Type Jaguar was 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 silver, color sanded, and buffed to a mirror-like finish. All seals, gaskets, and brightwork were replaced or re-plated and the interior upholstery was redressed in black leather with a new top and carpet. The car also received a Tremec five-speed transmission to render the E-Type ultimately drivable and superbly suited to participate in rallies and distinguished touring events. The original four-speed gearbox remains with the car and is included with the sale.
Not surprisingly, the 1961 E-Type emerged in concours condition and was immediately showcased at the JCNA concours held at the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado, in June 2005. There it scored an impressive 99.26 points and was awarded Best in Class. Following its debut, the car was sold to the late John O’Quinn, a respected collector in Houston, Texas. In 2012 the Jaguar was acquired by the previous owner and would participate in a 3,000-mile tour without issue. Several years thereafter it passed to the current consignor – a Jaguar enthusiast – with fewer than 4,000 post-restoration miles on the odometer.
This attractive and expertly restored Jaguar E-Type includes its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and remains in excellent condition – poised for a new adventure, be it Jaguar Club events and judging, or a comfortable tour among other distinguished automobiles.