1962 Jaguar E-Type SI3.8 Roadster Flat Floor - Welded Louvre LHD
Year of manufacture1962
Mileage89 501 mi / 144 038 km
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Number of doors2
Number of seats2
Cars International Heritage are delighted to offer for sale this early flat floor, welded bonnet louvre Series 1 3.8 Litre Jaguar E-Type Roadster in superb, restored condition.
1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster
Chassis no: 875865
Engine no: R2302-9
• Early Flat Floor car with Welded Bonnet Louvres.
• Award winning restoration.
• Matching numbers Engine and ‘pumpkin’ Head.
• 5 speed ‘CMC’ all-syncro gearbox fitted. Non-matching Moss Box included.
• Delivered new to the USA.
• UK Registered.
Following the well publicised launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961 to a generation on the brink of the swinging sixties, the all new Jaguar E-Type 3.8 litre was so well received that orders for the new roadster and fixed head coupe were difficult to fulfill for many months into early production. A clear racing pedigree inherited from the Le Mans winning C-Type and D-Type led to the production of two prototype race cars, E1A & later E2A. Jaguar’s racing experience delivered a monocoque bodied car with lightweight engine frame supports at the front of the car, independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight), and power supplied by the legendary twin-cam inline-6 cylinder XK engine with a claimed top speed of 150 MPH.
This particular car was built on October 23rd, 1961 and registered as a 1962 model and was produced with factory flat floors and welded bonnet louvers. According to the BMIHT Certificate, chassis 875865 was supplied in Opalescent Dark Blue with light blue trim and a black hood. The car was sold new to G.E. Sloan of Joliet, Illinois where it was used for some years, eventually finding its way to Mississippi. In the early 1990s, the next owner, famed collector Peter Mullin of Los Angeles, CA, purchased the car with the intent of fully restoring it. However, Mullin decided to concentrate his resources on his Art Deco collection, leaving the car to a new owner. In 1998, the E-Type found a new owner in Pasadena, CA who took over the project. The car was completely disassembled, the engine and wishbone rear end assembly already professionally rebuilt, crated and prepared for installation. Finding and collecting correct parts would take another decade to complete the restoration to factory correct early E-Type specification.
Other early features include Pumpkin Orange cylinder head carried over from the XK150 and headlight buckets correctly painted in body colour. And while every detail of the restoration was carefully studied for accurate application, the added plus is that this car retains the original engine block and head, original chassis, and a correct Moss gearbox (though not the factory original unit). A 5 speed all synchromesh gearbox supplied by CMC of Bridgenorth is currently fitted. A team of specialists with expertise in Jaguar cars was assigned to complete the restoration. Reed Jensen of Glendale, CA performed all mechanical work, Classic Vision of Burbank, CA applied the stunning Light Opalescent Blue paint over their superb bodywork, and Tony D’Allesandro of Los Angeles, CA thoughtfully tailored the factory correct interior. The correct convertible top was replaced in 2016 and new Vredestein tyres were also recently installed.
Prior to repatriation to the UK, the E-Type was displayed at many Jaguar Owners Club Concours during its later life in the USA. Significant shows and wins include:
2017 San Marino Motor Classic – 2nd in Class
2016 La Jolla Concours d”Elegance – Best in Class
2014 San Marino Motor Classic – 2nd in Class
2014 San Marino Motor Classic – Mayor’s Award
2014 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance – 2nd in Class
2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance – Best in Class
2012 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance – Best in Class
2012 San Marino Motor Classic – Best in Class
2011 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance - 2nd in Class
2011 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance – 2nd in Class
2010 Los Angeles Conrours d’Elegance – Best in Class
2008 Los Angeles Conrours d’Elegance – Best in Class
With a production run from 1961 to 1975, these early cars are undoubtably the most sort after E-Type from the 14-year production run of over 38,000 cars worldwide. The sculpted bucket seats, aluminium dash and center console denote early 3.8 litre cars. The original is the best! It can be unusual to find a design that from the outset is considered by fans of the E-Type to be the best.
From a prominent UK collection, this E-Type has benefitted from regular running maintenance and has recently been the subject of an engine and gearbox removal to install a new rear main oil seal. The result is a dry engine and gearbox free from oil leaks.
With flawless opalescent Silver Blue bodywork and beautiful dark blue leather interior and dark blue convertible roof this early 3.8 Roadster is ready to show or just drive and enjoy. Complete with an original tool kit and jack.
UK Registered and taxes paid, this early LHD E-Type would also be a suitable candidate for our UK to EU programme.
Price on application.