Lot 137

Arizona 2020

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

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$156,800 USD | Sold

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Chassis No.
875274
Engine No.
R 1395-9
Body No.
R 1373
  • Ultra-collectable early E-Type with external hood latches, welded louvers, and flat floors
  • One of the original 385 left-hand-drive roadsters with these features
  • Original numbers-matching chassis, engine, and body
  • Upgraded with Tremec five-speed; includes its original Moss gearbox
  • Accompanied by tool kit and documented with invoices and JDHT certificate
  • Beautifully prepared and strong-running example
  • Ideal for Jaguar club presentation and driving enjoyment
Please note that this lot is titled as a 1962.

The Jaguar E-Type was a descendant of the Le Mans–winning D-Type as channeled through developmental cars called the E1 and the E2A Le Mans prototype. Following its hugely successful introduction at the Geneva Salon, at which Enzo Ferrari described the new model as “the most beautiful car ever made,” Jaguar began taking customer orders with export-only deliveries starting in April 1961. The first 385 left-hand-drive roadster bore unique external hood latches, welded louvers, and flat floors without footwells. These cars are increasingly prized by collectors today for their aesthetic detail and rarity, comprising the purest expression of the original E-Type design.

As the 274th left-hand-drive example built, this beautifully presented roadster is one of the early cars equipped with the aforementioned features. Originally finished in Carmen Red with a black interior and a matching black soft top, chassis 875274 was dispatched from the factory in early August 1961. In the early 1990s the Jaguar was fully restored by marque specialists JK Restorations in Illinois. The coachwork was repainted in a deep finish of Opalescent Green Metallic, while the interior was trimmed in new Biscuit leather. During restoration the roadster was upgraded with a modern cooling system and a Tremec five-speed transmission. The original four-speed Moss gearbox and bell housing accompany the car. The modern transmission makes the car a joy to drive while also being completely reversible with the addition of the original equipment.

The E-Type was acquired by the current owner in 2013 and subsequently submitted to Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, for a freshening that included the replacement of the shock absorbers and bushings and the installation of a new exhaust system and ceramic-coated manifolds. The consignor exhibited the car at local concours and Jaguar events, where it always drew praise and commendation. Around 2016 the roadster was entrusted to XKS Motorsport for further mechanical upgrades and tuning, resulting in a car that showcases much of its original 1961 performance.

Accompanied by a tool kit and documented with restoration and service invoices, as well as a JDHT certificate, this exquisite E-Type retains its matching-numbers engine and body panels and is one of the rare and valuable early left-hand-drive examples that feature external hood latches, welded louvers, and flat floors. It would make a fabulous acquisition for any Jaguar enthusiast, ideal for further display or private enjoyment.