1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9
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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Sold for £225,500 (US$ 298,584) inc. premium

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 850028 Engine no. R 9255-9
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Registration no. 676 EWV
Chassis no. 850028
Engine no. R 9255-9
*The 28th RHD roadster produced
*Featured in various books on the marque
*Restored in the mid 1980s
*11,236 miles since restoration

Footnotes

  • 'If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.'

    There have been few better summaries of the E-Type's manifest virtues than the forgoing, penned by the inimitable John Bolster for Autosport shortly after the car's debut. Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type (XKE in the USA) 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 nevertheless a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin.

    The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type; 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 spaceframe 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.

    Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward subframe that supported the engine. The rear suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight. Only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained.

    Despite the E-Type's gorgeous appearance, taller drivers could find its interior somewhat lacking in space, a criticism addressed by the introduction of foot wells (and other, more minor modifications) early in 1962. But of all the versions of Jaguar's long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8-litre cars built prior to February 1962 which, for many enthusiasts, remain the most desirable.

    This wonderful example is the 28th right-hand drive roadster built (the chassis number sequence commenced at '850001') and has the flat floor and various other features that characterise these early models. Chassis number '850028', with body 'R1180', was despatched to Henlys on 14th July 1961 and photographed outside the Jaguar factory at Brown's Lane, Coventry. Its subsequent history is not known prior to 1980 when the E-Type was purchased by the current vendor. At that time it was in a dilapidated condition and had been fitted with engine number 'R 9255-9', which appeared to have been in the car for some considerable time. It retains many features of the early 3.8-litre E-Type engine.

    The E-Type was then restored over a four-year period to virtually factory-original specification (see photographic record on file). At the beginning it was decided to go down the 'modified route', incorporating various enhancements developed since the car was first built, but this decision was overturned as '850028' was such an early and unmolested example. The only items changed were the cylinder head, which is fitted with 'W' camshafts and D-Type valves, and the gearbox, which is a later all-synchromesh unit from a 4.2-litre E-Type (the original camshafts and gearbox have been retained). All parts used in the rebuild were genuine Jaguar - not reproduction - but five years ago the original radiator expired and was replaced with a more efficient aluminium unit. '850028' retains many original and now rare features, including the in-tank fuel pump.

    Following the restoration's completion, '850028' was driven to Switzerland in 1986 for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the E-Type's launch at Geneva. Some measure of its excellence may be gained from the fact that this car features in three books on the marque: 'Jaguar E-Type: The Definitive History' by Philip Porter, 'Jaguar E-Type' by Dennis Jenkinson, and 'E-Type Jaguar' by Andrew Morland.

    The car has been used sparingly over the last 30 years, covering a little over 11,000 miles as evidenced by the unbroken sequence of expired MoT certificates on file. It also comes with its original tools and handbook (the latter now very rare), an old-style logbook, and current V5C document. Finished in Carmen Red with matching leather interior, this beautiful early 'flat floor' E-Type is worthy of the closest inspection.
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