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1964 Jaguar E-Type FHC Series 1 3.8

  • 1964 Jaguar E-Type FHC Series 1 3.8
  • Matching-numbers, UK-market RHD car
  • Recent restoration
  • Upgraded cooling system and brakes

Now offered for sale at The Classic Motor Hub, this beautiful Jaguar E-type FHC was built on 16 January 1964 and is therefore a late example of the 3.8-litre Series 1. Later that year, Jaguar would update its ground-breaking model by fitting it with a 4.2-litre version of the famous twin-cam straight-six.

Chassis number 861472 was a UK-market right-hand-drive Jaguar E-Type FHC fitted with engine number RA 5016-9 and finished in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey with Dark Blue interior. It was given the Coventry registration 7248 WK and dispatched on 30 January via Jaguar’s Export Division to its first owner, Captain EA Ramsay.

From the Heritage Certificate, it would appear that Captain Ramsay was, at that time, serving in Aden with the Royal Scots Greys, but home was the Berwickshire military town of Coldstream. The E-type remained with him until 14 November 1966, when it made the long trip south to its second owner, RA Cridland of East Budleigh in Devon.

It would stay in the south-west of England for a number of years after that, passing first to DF Mannell in Kingsbridge, then MS Fortnam of Drewsteignton, and finally to Mr Dominey of Exeter, who had acquired it by 1979.

A significant amount of work was undertaken in 2011, all of which is carefully documented in the E-type’s extensive history file. The gearbox was rebuilt with new bearings and seals, and the engine was rebuilt using Mahle pistons. An alternator conversion was carried out, a high-torque starter was fitted, and the cooling system and brakes – both of which can be marginal as standard – have been uprated.

The pristine black interior features three-point static belts, while the Motorola radio has been converted to FM. It’s running on Michelin XVS radial tyres, while pleasing details include the period Triplex sticker on the windscreen and the December 1964 tax disc.

The 3.8-litre Series 1 is considered the purest of all Jaguar E-types, and this immaculate matching-numbers example is now being offered for sale in its original exterior colour and with two folders full of paperwork that documents its early years as well as its recent restoration.

Model history

The Jaguar E-type caused a sensation when it was launched at the 1961 Geneva Salon. Aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer came up with one of the most beautiful automotive shapes ever created, and at a time when 100mph was still a significant figure, the E-type offered 150mph performance from its triple-carburettor, 265bhp, 3.8-litre straight-six engine.

Beneath the skin, it owed much to the Le Mans-winning D-type and shared that car’s basic layout of a monocoque centre section with a subframe carrying the engine and front suspension. At the rear, independent suspension was fitted when many of Jaguar’s rivals still employed a traditional live axle.

With Jaguar having pioneered the use of disc brakes in the early 1950s, it came as no surprise that the E-type featured them on all four wheels.

Offered in both roadster and fixed-head coupé body styles, this latest Jaguar road car was equally at home on the track. In its first race at Oulton Park in April 1961, Graham Hill took victory in Tommy Sopwith’s brand-new E-type, defeating the previously all-conquering Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbases.

But the Jaguar was being offered at a fraction of the cost of such exotica, and put supercar performance within reach of enthusiasts who could never have stretched to a Ferrari or an Aston Martin. When The Motor road-tested an E-type in 1961, it concluded: ‘The sheer elegance of line which Jaguar seem able to produce by total disregard for fashion trends is allied to a combination of performance, handling and refinement that has never been equalled at the price and, we would think, very seldom surpassed at any price.’

Production was slow to get under way during 1961 – only 342 cars, for example, were built that year for the UK market – but thereafter modifications came thick and fast. A 4.2-litre engine was introduced in 1964, and the heavily revised Series 2 followed in 1968. The V12-engined Series 3 then took the E-type through to the end of its production run in 1974.

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