Jaguar's fabled E-Type has always been among the most desirable of British classics, and their values have risen commensurately. According to its Heritage Certificate, this matching numbers left-hand drive example - chassis 878457 - was despatched new from the factory on November 16th 1962, bound for the company's New York agency in Carmen Red and trimmed in Black. The Roadster is believed to have remained within the same ownership from 1989 and to have been treated to a part restoration prior to its recent arrival back on these shores.
The rejuvenation task has subsequently been completed to a high standard. The body was repainted, the interior re-trimmed and the Jaguar treated to new carpets, hood and hood bag. The electrics were converted to negative earth and the original wiring replaced, while the front suspension was fully overhauled and powder-coated (that on the rear had already been attended to), and new dampers installed all-round. Other replacement items included: chrome wire wheels, knock-off spinners, set of tyres, and handbrake cable. A period-looking radio was also installed complete with Bluetooth connectivity. A successful leak-down test was carried out on the engine and a complete respray undertaken by Specialist Cars of Moulton, Yorkshire. This charismatic cat is now being offered complete with: US title and HMRC documents confirming that the full duty has been paid and UK registration can now be sought; the aforementioned Jaguar Heritage Certificate; and an MOT valid into September 2017. An apparently exceedingly smart Series 1 Roadster that merely needs the right weather to provide its next keeper with years of hood-down enjoyment.
The Malcolm Sayer-penned E-type was launched to massive acclaim at the 1961 Geneva Salon. The first major update was the increase in engine capacity from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964.