Paris

7 February 2018

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 876070
  • Engine no. R 2491-9
  • Body no. R 2293

Documents: UK V5


Please note this car is titled with date of first registration 1962

  • Desirable first-year, flat-floor E-Type Roadster
  • Retains original engine
  • Period tool kit and tyre jack among features


The E-Type became an instant icon the moment it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. The excitement was repeated a month later at the New York International Auto Show. Frank Sinatra declared at the stand: 'I want that car and I want it now.' Though not a man to be refused, the salesman rejected his request as all the cars in the country had been sold.

In all likelihood, this Roadster’s first owner, Ted Buky, beat Sinatra when he took delivery in Los Angeles, California, after dispatch in November 1961. This ‘flat floor’ example was originally finished in opalescent bronze over a beige interior with a fawn convertible top. He kept the car until 1975 when it was sold to another California resident who retained it until 2007. During that time the engine was rebuilt, the colour changed to Signal Red and the interior refreshed in black leather. It was then sold to a New Jersey owner.

In 2009, the E-Type was sold to Jan Mannerhag and exported to Sweden. Following a sympathetic light restoration in the UK, it has barely been used since. It still features the original-specification Moss gearbox and ‘bellows’ brakes, just as it left the Brown’s Lane factory, and is accompanied by its JDHT certificate.

Considered by many to be a work of art, a similar example is a permanent exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art. This stunning, rare E-Type is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.





• Désirable Roadster Type E "plancher plat" de la première année
• Moteur d'origine
• Trousse à outils et cric d'époque, entre autres équipements

La Type E est immédiatement devenue une icône, au moment où elle a été dévoilée au Salon International de Genève 1961. Cet engouement s'est répété le mois suivant au Salon International de New York, Frank Sinatra annonçant sur le stand : "Je veux cette voiture et je la veux tout de suite." Malgré la célébrité de la star, le vendeur n'a pas pu accéder à sa demande car toutes les voitures disponibles dans le pays avaient déjà été vendues.

Selon toute probabilité, le premier propriétaire de ce Roadster, Ted Buky, avait été plus rapide que Sinatra en allant chercher sa voiture à Los Angeles (Californie), après livraison en novembre 1961. Cet exemplaire "plancher plat" était à l'origine de teinte bronze opalescent avec intérieur beige et capote fauve. Ted Buky gardait la voiture jusqu'en 1975 avant de la céder à un autre résident en Californie qui la conservait jusqu'en 2007. Pendant cette période, le moteur faisait l'objet d'une reconstruction, la couleur changeait pour rouge vif et l'intérieur était remis en état en cuir noir. La voiture était ensuite vendue à un amateur du New Jersey.

En 2009, cette Type E était vendue à Jan Mannerhag et exportée en Suède. Après une restauration légère en Angleterre, elle n'a pratiquement plus été utilisée. Elle est encore équipée de sa boîte Moss d'origine et de ses freins particuliers, telle qu'elle était en quittant les ateliers de Brown’s Lane. Elle est accompagnée de son certificat du Jaguar Heritage Trust.

La Type E est souvent considérée comme une œuvre d'art et un exemplaire similaire fait partie de l'exposition permanente du Musée d'art moderne de New York. Cette magnifique et rare Type E fera à coup sûr tourner les têtes, partout où elle ira.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more