Famously names as “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari upon its release, the Jaguar E-Type is arguably the most iconic and widely recognised vehicles to come out of British Motorsport. Manufactured between 1961 and 1975, the combination of its beautiful design, high performance and competitive pricing took the motoring world by storm at a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles and mediocre performance. The E-type sprang on the scene with a top speed of 150mph, sub 7 second 0-60mph acceleration, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension, monocoque construction and unrivalled looks.
The first E-type seen by public eyes was hand-built prototype ‘9600HP’. This was the E-type that turned a million heads. Before the launch itself, 9600HP was lent discreetly to a few journalists – Autosport’s John Bolster, Motorsport’s Bill Boddy, The Telegraph’s John Langley and The Times’ Harold Nockfolds – to prepare their road test features in the UK. With the launch scheduled in Geneva, this left precious little time to transport the car to its big reveal. So, in true dramatic fashion, the E-type was driven flat-out from Coventry, by Jaguar executive Bob Berry, to the Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva – arriving just 20 minutes before the big reveal. Demand for test drives was so high that Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and deliver another E-type – open-top demonstrator ‘77RW’ – to Geneva. He drove through the night, arriving to great applause from the eagerly awaiting press. As Autocar’s 1961 review said: ‘It offers what drivers have so long asked for.’ E-type had made a name for itself, and it all started in Geneva. The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most desirable, were initially intended for export only, with the domestic market launch happening 4 months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8-litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine.
The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964 which increased torque by around 10%, added a fully synchronised transmission, provided new reclining seats, an alternator in place of the prior generator and other modern amenities all whilst keeping the same Series 1 styling. The 4.2 litre Series 1 also replaced the brake servo of the 3.8 litre with a more reliable unit, and went on to become the most sought after model due to their increased power and usability whilst retaining the same outward appearance as the earlier cars.
Sundym glass, Heated rear window with illuminated switch, Push-button ignition, Discreet Ipod link with upgraded Jaguar speakers, Wooden rim steering wheel, Quarter-lights with polished Chrome stays, Complete tool-roll including Tyre Pressure and Feeler gauges, Twin speed heater fan, Radiomobile pushbutton L/M wave Radio, Oil pressure gauge and Amp meter, Cigarette lighter, Twin horn, Centre mounted reverse lamp.
This Series 1 is nothing short of magnificent. Fresh from an extensive restoration the list of work accounted for in the history file is endless; complete new floor pans, new boot pan, new inner and outer sills, new door skins, new front kick panels, new rear lower valance, new rear floor pan and both rear quarters.
The bodywork was then taken back to bare metal, etch primed and repainted on a rotisserie using ICI paint in the original colour – special order Opalescent Dark Blue Metallic; a shade that truly accentuates the unmistakeable style and presence of the E Type legend.
Presenting in better than new condition, this example is a remarkable testament to a Great British Classic icon.
Sitting behind the steering wheel with a view overlooking the road ahead, this E-Type gives you a palpable sense of excitement. The plush leather interior, rounded dials and toggle switches provide a feeling of luxury whilst managing to retain the racing derived DNA of its predecessors – something that becomes immediately present whilst on the road.
The interior of this S1 has been tailor made by respected craftsmen with nothing overlooked. From the brand new Connolly Hide beige leather seats, Wilton carpet and West of England cloth headlining to the refurbishment of every switch and dial the cabin has been restored to better than original; a true spectacle.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay shows pristine presentation alongside strong and reliable performance. Having been subject to a total and complete restoration in which the engine was fully stripped down and rebuilt with new liners, upgraded 9:1 compression pistons and a full rebuild kit from XRN Engineering. A Classic Fabs full 2” stainless sports exhaust complete with custom-made polished manifold looks a work of art whilst perfectly amplifying the straight six sound.
During it’s extensive rebuild the drivetrain has been totally overhauled ensuring this E-Type presents in perfect mechanical health, ready to be admired and enjoyed by it’s next owner.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
What better way to compliment this sensational E-Type than with a brand new set of Curley Hub Competition Chrome 15 x 6 inch 72 spoke wire wheels and chrome spinners. These vintage wheels were provided with all new rubber, now sitting on Dunlop SP Sport tyres.
The braking system has had a significant overhaul to ensure performance is a match for the engine, pulling up quickly and smoothly in a straight line.
Ordered new from Browns Lane in 1965 the original UK owner, a Dr John J Bambridge, would export the car to his new home in Nairobi, Kenya on the 1st April 1966. Repatriated to Europe with the family in 2009 and purchased by Alan Carrington Classic Cars Ltd from Dusseldorf in March 2014.
Subject to a total ‘body off’ nut and bolt restoration, every single invoice is present and correct to account for over 3,000 man hours applied to achieving the best possible result – a simply sublime concours example that’s ready to compete and win trophies. Every part of the car has been stripped down and fully rebuilt to OE specification. Only a handful of sympathetic upgrades differentiate the car from PDI at Browns Lane; an alloy radiator, sundym glass, wider wheels and a stainless exhaust.
Without doubt one of the very best available on the market today and a complete work of art.
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