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1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster

  • 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster
  • Matching numbers, home market, RHD example
  • Single family ownership since 1975
  • Engine rebuild and mechanical refresh in 2016
  • Original colours of Carmen Red with Red interior

MODEL HISTORY

The Jaguar E-Type is widely regarded as one of the most important and beautiful sports cars ever made. At its launch at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961, the E-Type not only stole the show but every headline. Enzo Ferrari described the Jaguar as the most beautiful car in the world, and few many regard the original coupe and roadster models as perfect from every angle.

The launch price of the E-Type Series 1 was around £2,250, comparatively valued at around £40,000 in today’s money, which made it surprisingly more affordable than most high-end sports cars. It also featured much more modern specifications such as independent rear suspension and all-round disk brakes that put it ahead of its time.

The 3.8-litre engine produced 265bhp and could reach a top speed of 150mph, which made it the fastest production car in the world at that time. That was just as well, as Jaguar had already printed brochures claiming it was capable of the magic 150mph before the car went into production.

The E-Type has been – and continues to be – one of the most desirable cars ever made, with celebrity owners including some of the biggest names imaginable. Frank Sinatra is said to have taken one look at the Jaguar upon its 1961 reveal and said “I want that car, and I want it now” – just the beginning of the E-Types love affair with celebrities. Other famous owners included George Harrison, Roy Orbison, George Best, Tony Curtis and Peter Sellers to name a few.

THIS MOTOR CAR

This Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster for sale at the Classic Motor Hub was delivered new through Henlys of London to its first owner Bendall & Company in June 1963. Originally the car was Carmen Red with Red interior and a black roof, a specification it retains to this day with the exception of the hood that is brand new and finished in Fawn. The first few years of 69 GLR’s life are unknown but an invoice on file dated February 1975 shows the car being bought by the current owner’s uncle for £400! A number of MOT’s from the early to mid 1980’s show that the car was used sparingly. According to the current owner, the car didn’t see a huge amount of use from the mid-80’s until about 2008/9 when the decision was taken to refresh the car. Work began with a strip down and respray, unfortunately the owners poor health got in the way of the project and the car sat for a few years in the garage in a partially dismantled but freshly painted state.

The current owner approached his uncle in 2015 and offered to buy the car from him to keep it in the family and finish the job. After purchasing the car he took it to a Jaguar Specialist and the mission to return 69 GLR to her former glory began. The engine was removed and sent off to be rebuilt with the head converted to unleaded specification. The front suspension was overhauled with new bushes, dampers, track rod ends and ballpins. The steering column was removed and the upper and lower bushes replaced. The rear axle was stripped and rebuilt including new subframe mountings, new brake discs and calipers and new radius arms. Other works included a new clutch along with new master and slave cylinders. Alongside the mechanical work the hood, hood mechanism and the boot trim were rebuilt/replaced by The Trim Centre who specialise in Jaguar trim. The rest of the trim was left as it is believed to be the original trim on the seats and doors and is in lovely patinated condition.

Once complete the car was used for high days and holidays by the current owner, a close friend of the Classic Motor Hub. Today this fabulous Jaguar E-Type Roadster for sale at the Classic Motor Hub presents in lovely honest condition. The paint is showing a few imperfections in places and the interior trim, as mentioned above, is showing lovely patina. Mechanically, the car is in excellent order and our own test drive revealed it to be one of the best driving E-Types we have had the pleasure of selling. This example is perfect for somebody who wants a great drivers car in good honest condition and who can improve the car cosmetically in areas over time, all the while enjoying it for what it is: a wonderful motor car.

Accompanied by a very good history file and priced very competitively for a UK RHD example, this Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster is in the Hangar at the Classic Motor Hub and available for immediate inspection.

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