£140,875 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
- Just two owners and 45,427 miles from new
- Supremely original throughout with a fascinating history
- Accompanied by its original invoice, service booklet and buff logbook
- One of the final Series 1 3.8-Litre Coupés produced
While most accolades come and go, those showered upon the Jaguar E-Type continue.
This Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupé is an outstanding example of the car that electrified the automotive world upon its introduction in 1961. Presented in what can only be described as exceptionally original condition, with virtually all-original paint and matching-numbers engine block and head, this 3.8-Litre coupé has covered just 45,427 documented miles at the time of cataloguing thanks to careful preservation by its first owner.
That first owner was a Mr Frank Bright, who worked in the aviation industry and had set up his own design company, Taylor Bright. Based in Southampton, Bright owned a variety of Jaguars, including at least a pair of XKs, a Mk I and a 3.8-litre Mk II. On 6 July 1964, he purchased a Silver Grey over Red E-Type Fixed Head Coupé as his new pride and joy, which happened to be the 16th-to-last 3.8-Litre E-Type built, trading in his Mk II for the privilege.
Regularly (and carefully) driving and servicing the car over the course of 15-some years and 38,000 miles, Mr Bright decided to take the car off the road and rather than simply park it in his garage, he pulled it into his home office next to his kitchen and put it up on blocks, looking to tinker with the car and attend to any flaws developed over time. There it sat for another 15 years, wonderfully preserved as a near time-warp example of one of Jaguar’s most spectacular cars. It even retains its original chalk body number still visible on the bulk-head.
Passing through just one owner (also residing in Southampton) after Mr Bright parted ways with the car in the late 1990s, the E-Type is sold with a huge array of original documentation, including its original log book, original sales invoice, original hand books and original service manuals.
Benefiting from fastidious ownership by just two enthusiast individuals, this 3.8-Litre coupé boasts an incredible service history, which is fully documented. Previously featured in a Jaguar Driver magazine article in March 1996 (a copy of which accompanies the car), it is surely one of the most spectacular E-Types offered in recent memory.