Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 167
Year : 1962
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : RSK 870
Chassis No. : 876655
Engine No. : R3849-9
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a
sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph
top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line
performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a
lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed
much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be
one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a
successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque
tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular space
frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the
same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an
option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on
tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because
it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and, secondly, because
aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type
to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to
grace a motor car.

Believed to be the 1,515 car to leave the production line, this
handsome example was exported directly to Jaguar Canada on the 30th
January, 1962. Little is known of its time there except that on
11th December, 1990, the vendor re-imported it back to the UK and
began an extensive restoration program including a left to
righthand drive conversion. This included striping the paint off to
bare metal and completely disassembling the car before its rebuild
could begin starting with the application of Waxoil in all
cavities. A number of positive upgrades took place at that time
including the installation of a 4.2 litre brake servo, a Kenlowe
thermostatic fan, a stainless steel exhaust and up-rated brake
discs and calipers. The supplied four-speed Moss gearbox (included)
was substituted for a five-speed Getrag unit and new chrome
wire-wheels and Koni adjustable shock absorbers were fitted to make
for a very driveable and eminently usable E-Type.  Very
competitively priced, the low reserve takes into account the small
paint defects that will need attending to although the driving
experience is reported to be excellent.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170