1963 Jaguar E-Type SI

E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1963
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    121
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

  • Offered from the Muckel Collection
  • Comprehensive refurbishment by a Pebble Beach-awarded restoration firm completed in 2010
  • Retains numbers-matching 3.8-liter engine
  • Handsome finish in rare factory-appropriate color combination of Opalescent Dark Blue over gray interior
  • Documented with JDHT certificate, restoration photos
  • Accompanied by jack and tool kit

Restored to a very high level with a particularly handsome, factory-appropriate color combination, this mid-production Series 1 Jaguar E-Type roadster is a highly desirable example of the popular Coventry sports car that Enzo Ferrari once legendarily pronounced to be “the most beautiful car ever made.”

According to a trace certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, chassis number 878834 completed assembly in late December 1962, finished in cream paint and trimmed with a red interior and a black top. Early the following year the E-Type was distributed to Jaguar Cars New York for sale to American ownership. By the late-2000s the roadster was acquired by Robert Lorkowski, the principal of a Pebble Beach-awarded restoration facility in Cameron, Wisconsin, called L’Cars Automotive Specialists.

Reportedly restoring the Jaguar for Mr. Lorkowski’s personal use rather than as a customer job, L’Cars set about a comprehensive refurbishment that addressed all mechanical and cosmetic needs, reaching completion in 2010. A high level of period accuracy was achieved, as attested by the correct shift knob, a Becker Europa radio, and wire wheels shod with wide-whitewall tires. Seeking to distinguish the E-Type from more common color schemes, the owner chose a rare but factory-appropriate color combination of Opalescent Dark Blue paint over a gray leather interior, complemented with a dark blue Stayfast top.

Acquired by the consignor in 2016, the beautifully restored Jaguar has been dutifully maintained while occasionally being enjoyed during mild drives. The roadster is accompanied by a proper jack and original tool kit, and notably retains its matching-numbers 3.8-liter engine—the spiritual descendant of the motor that powered multiple Le Mans winning Jaguars during the 1950s. This handsome E-Type is ideal for road use or presentation at local shows and marque events, sure to strike the fancy of any sports car enthusiast. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo20.