1964 Jaguar E-Type SI
Year of manufacture1964
Engine numberRA 6081-9
1964 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 3.8-Litre Coupé
Chassis no. 890329
Engine no. RA 6081-9
Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in fixed-head coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and a 150mph top speed. The design owed much to that of the racing D-Type, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine, which was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. Aerodynamically, the coupé was superior to the roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door. Its engine aside, 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.
This highly desirable 'Series 1' E-Type coupé was delivered new to Jaguar Cars, New York, USA and has covered only 26,313 miles (approximately 42,300 kilometres) from new. Sold new to Mr Masko Laninick, it is one of the last of 5,872 left-hand drive Series 1 coupés built. The accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate confirms matching numbers and records the original colour combination as Opalescent Silver Grey with red interior. From 1990 onwards the E-Type remained with one owner in Kansas until 2016 when it was sold by Gullwing Motor Cars, New York to a prominent Belgian private collector. In 2018 the car changed hands again, passing to the current vendor, another prominent Belgian collector.
The vendor advises us that this car has been restored to a very good standard, which is confirmed by the evaluation carried out by the respected Belgian Classic Car expert Mr Gert Beets. Mr Beets concludes: "This car has been restored to a very good level. It is an original left-hand drive E-type Series I Fixed Head Coupe in quite original mechanical configuration." The car also has a FIVA passport (issued 27th December 2019) categorising it as 'A/3' (A = original; 3 = restored).
Finished in red with tan leather interior, the E-Type is said to drive extremely well and is described by the vendor as ready to be enjoyed. Accompanying additional documentation includes a manufacturer's brochure, sundry maintenance invoices, Belgian registration papers, and the aforementioned Heritage Certificate.