1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupé Registration no. 8599 NE Chassis no. 860472 Engine no. R4759-9
'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.' - John Bolster, Autosport.
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. The newcomer's design did indeed owe much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer: a monocoque tub forming the main 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 265bhp available E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs 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 sub-frame that supported the engine. At the rear the E-Type's 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) in January 1962. Today, the E-Type's graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars, and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time.
This original right-hand drive E-Type Coupé was despatched from the factory on 14th May 1962 finished in Opalescent Silver Grey with red interior, its colour scheme today. It was supplied on 1st June 1962 by Henlys of Manchester to Mr R H Hyman. Mr Hyman treasured the car for 39 years until he sold it in 2001, since when it has had only one further owner apart from the vendor, a keen historic car collector, who acquired it in 2013.
Over the past 18 months the car has undergone a full 'last nut and bolt' restoration to original specification, undertaken by a marque specialist, which included stripping the body back to bare metal and repainting in its original colour. Accompanying documentation consists of a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT certificate and a V5C registration document.
This highly original early E-type is very well presented in arguably the best colour combination and is ready for immediate use.