Lot 39

2022   |   Geared Online Scottsdale Edition

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe


$200,000 - $240,000





Car Highlights

An Incredible Early E-Type Coupe in Remarkable Original Color Combination

10-Time JCNA 100-Point Winner and Certified National Champion

Superbly Restored by Marque Experts at Classic Showcase in 2008

Accompanied by Manuals, Tools and Jack, Invoices, JDHT Certificate, and Concours Judging Sheets

Among the Finest Examples of the Classic E-Type Coupe

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Hans Wurl

The Jaguar E-Type remains among the most coveted of British sports cars, having revolutionized the genre upon its introduction in 1961. The earliest “flat floor” Series I cars are often seen as the most desirable of all E-Types, but remain somewhat ubiquitous in collector car circles. In the landscape of E-Types, the example offered here, with its incredible restoration, amazing color combination, and unmatched concours resume, sets itself apart from the more mundane offerings on the market.

According to its JDHT Certificate, this E-Type was built on December 21, 1961, finished in Bronze over a Red interior, and dispatched on January 10, 1962 to Jaguar Cars in New York. Early service records accompanying the car from as far back as 1962 indicate its first owner was Larry Kelder of West Shokan, New York, who owned the car until at least 1973. By 2008, the Jaguar was in the possession of the noted specialists at Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California. A comprehensive restoration was undertaken that spared no expense or effort to bring this very uniquely specified E-Type to the highest level.

In 2009, the Jaguar was purchased by the consignor, who fell for the uncommon qualities of this car and its impeccable appearance. The E-Type was immediately thrust into duty as a top-tier concours car, and is accompanied by 87 pages of documentation and judging sheets from JCNA concours events across the country. On 10 occasions the E-Type received perfect 100-point scores, and it was consistently improved over the years, as documented in invoices on file. Notably, this car is fitted with a correct, but notoriously fragile, original aluminum radiator, and its cap has been modified to limit pressure in the cooling system. This radiator and cap should be replaced before the Jaguar is pressed into road use.

Available for the first time in over a decade, this E-Type Fixed Head Coupe epitomizes the qualities of the model and offers an incredible opportunity for anyone searching for the best examples of one of the world’s great motor cars.