At around 7pm on Tuesday 14 March 1961, Jaguar’s PR department employee, Bob Berry, left Browns Lane, Coventry in a fixed head E-type, registered 9600HP. Berry drove virtually flat out through the night, arriving in Geneva, where he drove to the local Jaguar distributor for a 20-minute wash and polish, before heading to the Parc des Eaux Vives for the public unveiling by Sir William Lyons.
Although automotive styling is subjective, the one vehicle that seems to top more opinion polls naming the most beautiful car in the world, the Jaguar E-type. Styled mainly by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, with significant input by Sir William Lyons, the coupe and roadsters caused a sensation when unveiled in March 1961.
In short, the E-type redefined the way in which we all viewed sports cars.
The 3.8 Series 1 can be recognised by glass-covered headlights, small "mouth" opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear.
All E-Types featured independent coil spring rear suspension with torsion bar front ends, and four wheel disc brakes, in-board at the rear, all were power-assisted. Jaguar was one of the first vehicle manufacturers to equip cars with disc brakes as standard.
This particular Series 1 E-type must be one of the finest available today having been the subject of a most fastidious and completely documented nut & bolt rebuild between 2014 and 2016 and having covered only 500 miles since.
The result is stunning, there is simply nothing left to do on this iconic Jaguar!
Complete with extensive documentation folder featuring bills and a detailed list of restoration work undertaken this beautiful example is also fitted with the highly desirable 5-speed manual, greatly improving this 3.8’s “drivability” (the original gearbox is available if required)
These early Series 1 E-types are rare and extremely sought after, especially in such outstanding condition.