2023 |Amelia Island Auctions 2023
1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster
From The Estate of Erickson Shirley
$150,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve
Unrestored Example Retaining Matching-Numbers Engine per JDHT Certificate
Beautifully Patinated Older Paint Finish and Preserved Interior
Recent Mechanical Attention by Dennison International Motorsports
Accompanied by JDHT Certificate, Correspondence, and Prior Owner Records
A Charming Example of Jaguar’s Seminal E-Type
3,781 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three SU HD8 Carburetors
265 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Please note that this vehicle is not accompanied by receipts as stated in the published description.
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Jaguar’s brilliant E-Type thoroughly reinvented series-production sports cars at its 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut. According to an accompanying JDHT certificate, this early production 3.8-litre example was manufactured on August 12, 1963, and dispatched 17 days later for shipment to the US. Factory-finished in Carmen Red with Red upholstery and a Black convertible top, it maintains this unique combination today. According to correspondence on file, the Jaguar was purchased from the original owner in 1965 by Richard Bedwell, a Ford Motor Company employee, who planned to enter the car in SCCA events. However, company policy frowned on his plans and the vehicle saw little use throughout his ownership. In 1988, Mr. Bedwell sold the E-Type to a Jaguar expert who maintained the car’s high originality. Subsequently, this wonderfully original E-Type passed through a few owners to a highly discerning owner-collector Erick Shirley.
Selective restorative work over the years included the replacement of the convertible top and an exterior repaint, with the car retaining the majority of its original Red leather upholstery, matching carpets, and matching-numbers engine. Showing approximately 84,500 miles, this E-Type benefits from selective mechanical sorting by noted West Coast racing specialist Dennison International Motorsports. Other highlights include a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, a roadside jack, and a set of tools in its original cloth roll, plus a wealth of documents, receipts dating to 1965, and a JDHT certificate.