Many words have been written about the legendary Jaguar E-Type, I think we now all know it is probably the ultimate British motoring icon that is loved by all. Perhaps the ultimate British sportscar? Certainly a design to bring adults to their knees and to move Enzo Ferrari enough to say 'this is the most beautiful car in the world' when it was launched at Geneva in May '61.
This particular car is the 7th to last series 1 E-Type to be built at Browns Lane and is probably one of the youngest 3.8 series 1 cars still running. It is a highly original UK right hand drive car that has it's original engine and gearbox still in place and is thus a 'matching numbers' car. Never converted, updated or modified it is offered for sale for the first time in the last 30 years. Acquired by our private vendor in 1985, he set about an immediate restoration. The car was then bare metal resprayed by Midlands bodyshop, Henry Martyn, in it's original colour of Opalescent Silver Blue and retrimmed in the original blue leather with a matching new navy blue hood fitted. The engine was rebuilt by respected marque experts, Forward Engineering, who at the same time also rebuilt the rear axle. Chromework, the hood frame, wheels etc. were all restored and refettled as required.
New Dunlop SP Sport tyres were fitted in 1990 and since then the car has been dry stored and used sparingly for pleasure with no more than 5,000 miles covered in the last 30 years. Other than the windscreen and the bonnet the car is completely original, including the Moss gearbox.
With an MOT until August 2015 this E-Type is now ready to use and enjoy and represents a serious long term investment opportunity.