1961 Original Flat Floor 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe with Welded Bonnet Louvres.
This is not just a Series 1 E-Type but one of the highly-prized 3.8 litre ‘flat floor’ examples. With only 631 right hand drive cars ever built out of a total of 72,515 E-Types this is indeed a very special car.
This is the same car that was envisaged and designed by Malcom Sayer and Sir William Lyons, then launched at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show.
Stories of a 17 hour dash by Norman Dewis to get an extra press car (a Fixed Head Coupe) to the launch are still told today, such was the adulation and praise the car commanded. This is the E-Type in its purest form, before the shape of the body was massaged to create more interior space, bonnet louvres pressed directly into the bonnet and later the front and rear lamps altered to meet export specifications etc, etc.
Even the great Enzo Ferrari praised it as the most beautiful car in the world.....
Here is a brief synopsis of the car as we know it.....
Built in 1961 during the first year of production, it is one of the first 90 produced.
It was restored to as near 100 point Eye Watering Concours Standard by E-Type specialist New Forest Cars in 2014-2015 and is finished in stunning Sherwood Green (it was Opalescent Green originally) The numbers on the car are confirmed by the JDHT Heritage Certificate and the body tag and chassis plate. There is confirmation from New Forest within the history file that it was all done to original specifications.
The car has the correct limited slip differential and bellows activation disc brakes, all the interior trim, dash, gauges, Sterling wheel, carpets, headliner, etc are as 1961.
Tools, jack and spare wheel are present.
The car has two keys (one key fits all locks and starter)
Hi torque starter motor
Fosseway electric cooling fan fitted to the correct radiator.
The documents with the car show it spent some time in Marbella, Spain when at the time it was painted red. We have paperwork and some photographs showing this, which also confirms the chassis number. Other documents include extensive important photographs and paperwork from and during the comprehensive restoration which show all the work in great detail. Also included are book pack, handbook, stickers and labels from the car having being proudly shown at Salon Prive and runs to Goodwood. Longer term history is not extensive, however the all-important stunning restoration is extremely well detailed.
We have sold some stunning E-Types, but nothing quite like this example. To find a car within the first 100 RHD 3.8’s and then restore it to anything like this standard would cost well in excess of £300k plus the donor car..
With the 60th Anniversary of the launch just around the corner in 2021 what better way to join in the celebrations (a Geneva 60th tour organised by Jaguar amongst others with some very historic examples) could there be than to have this car in your possession.
We have a good file of information and a suite of photographs of the restoration, including glossy magazine features of this car, and will be pleased to peruse them with a prospective buyer. Please feel free to contact us.