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28 July 2012

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Lot 118

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster

  • Chassis no. 878978
  • Engine no. RA 1010-9
  • Gearbox no. EB 9208 JS
  • Body no. R 5631

$125,000 - $150,000

265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, universally jointed half-shafts, twin coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

• Desirable Series I E-Type with covered headlights

• Photo-documented rotisserie restoration in 2008

• Driven only 600 miles since restoration

• Jaguar Heritage Certificate and original tool roll included

What hasn’t been written about the spectacular Jaguar E-Type? It is perhaps the most beautiful sports car ever built. It stunned the world when it debuted in March 1961 to an incredulous audience at the Geneva Motor Show. Some 50 years later, the gorgeous bodywork is as stunning as it was when the public first laid eyes upon it. When it was introduced, Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” New York City’s Museum of Modern Art recognized the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only six automobiles ever to receive such distinction. It has appeared on countless “best-dressed” lists over the past half century and, no doubt, will continue to do so for the next fifty years.

During 1963, Jaguar produced just 2,023 open two-seat roadsters. Completed on January 28, 1963, this left-hand drive E-Type was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York on February 7, 1963, and its first owner was T. J. Mattoen of New York. Having received a complete rotisserie restoration in 2008 by marque specialists, it has traveled just 600 careful miles since. It is a numbers-matching example, as confirmed by its Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Complete with its original tool roll with Metallifacture jack and new hammer, over $100,000 has been spent on the restoration, including an engine, transmission, rear end, and suspension rebuild. Resplendent in its as-born colors of cream over red hides with contrasting black hood, the car makes for an understated yet elegant presentation, appropriately highlighted by chrome wire wheels with knock-off spinners. Driving upgrades include a gear reduction starter, aluminum radiator, and spin-on oil filter. The original oil filter, radiator shroud, bonnet screen, and starter are included with the car.

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