Featured Auction - 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8L Roadster
Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture, yet not even Jaguar's founder, Sir William Lyons, could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar E-Type. When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance.
Constructed using methods derived from the D-Type sports racing car, the E-Type was a technical marvel. The light and rigid monocoque chassis used the engine itself as a structural part of the car, with the long and sleek bonnet hinged at the front. The headlights were beautifully recessed in the fenders, and covered with contoured Perspex for a free flowing design and improved aerodynamics. The car featured 4-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes all around and a Moss-type 4-speed manual transmission. The proven XK power plant was carried over from the XK150, and made sure the lithe Jaguar would exceed the 150mph mark. Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.
THE CAR OFFERED
This striking 3.8-Liter E-Type was completed at the Browns Lane Jaguar works on April 3rd, 1962. A left-hand-drive model destined for the United States, this E-Type was finished in black over a biscuit interior with a black top. According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, it was delivered to Jaguar Cars in New York. The first owner was one Marilynn Pereira of Succasunna, New Jersey.
Kept by Ms. Pereira for only about a year, the Jag was acquired by David G. Powrie in Connecticut on April 15, 1963. An enthusiastic owner, Mr. Powrie drove the car sparingly during the summer months only keeping a file of receipts. Keeping the car stock with its original drivetrain, the only change from its original specification was a retrimming of the interior in black to give the car a more sinister triple black color scheme.
Driving only a touch more than a 1200 miles a year during the course of his more than half century of ownership, Mr. Powrie regularly drove his Jaguar once every few weeks until the summer before his passing in October of last year.
Showing just over 72,000 believed-to-be-original miles, this well-preserved, lovely E-Type has been carefully stored but unused since last summer and is offered with its original 1963 Connecticut certificate of title, over an inch thick file of service receipts, its original service handbook and dealer information, a parts guide and the all-important Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate documenting that the car retains its matching numbers engine, transmission and body. Perfect for a gentle refurbishment or complete restoration, it is now ready for its third owner.
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