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Lot 27

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe

SOLD $626,500

Estimate

$650,000 - $750,000

Chassis

885018

Engine

R1447-9

Car Highlights

A Very Early Production Outside-Bonnet Latch Coupe
One of 12 Known Survivors of the 20 Left-Hand-Drive Examples Built
Retains Its Matching-Numbers Drivetrain per JDHT Certificate
Finished in Its Original Colors in a 4,250-Hour Concours Restoration by Jeff’s Resurrections
Recipient of Multiple Best of Show Trophies and 100-Point Judging Scores
One of the Rarest and Most Significant Road-Going Jaguars

Technical Specs

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, Inboard Rear
Front Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Torsion Bars and Telescopic Dampers
Rear Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Telescopic Dampers
Register to Bid

Robert W. Hiller (acquired new in 1961)Carl Beverly, Oakland, CaliforniaGlen Zamanian, Lafayette, California (acquired from the above in 1989)Mark Miller, Los Altos, California (acquired from the above in 1994)Dr. Michael Mueller, Austin, Texas (acquired from the above in 2000)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Florida, 2018 (Most Advanced Styling)JCNA Concours, Dallas, 2018 (Best of Show)JCNA Concours, Oklahoma City, 2018 (Best of Show)Concours of Texas, Arlington, 2018 (First in Class)JCNA Concours, Houston, 2018 (Best of Show)JCNA Concours, Texas, 2018 (Best of Show)San Marino Motor Classic, California, 2019 (First in Class)

Upon the introduction of the E-Type, yet another masterpiece by Sir William Lyons, Jaguar’s own advertising described their newest sports model thusly: “You don’t have to be a competition driver to drive a Jaguar. You don’t have to be a celebrity. You don’t have to be rich, but just slide behind that racing wheel, ease back into the butter-soft, glove-leather seat, turn the key, reach down and slip into first, hear that unmistakable Jaguar roar and you’ll be the fastest, most famous, richest man in the world.”

The effect that the E-Type had on the motoring public around the world is difficult to overstate. It truly was a civilized, road-going version of Jaguar’s Le Mans-dominating D-Type that had been made approachable enough for most any driver, yet was capable of 150 mph straight out of the showroom; and it was, for many, one of the most beautiful automobiles ever designed.

Early in the development process, Lyons authorized the addition of the coupe version, which was later chosen to be the debut car at the Geneva motor show in March 1961. These pre-production examples were built on a much-accelerated schedule to be completed in time for the show, and the first few coupes were handmade from roadster bodies. History records the E-Type as the runaway hit of the Geneva show, and another Fixed Head Coupe was delivered, after a now-legendary all-night drive, to give rides to the beguiled automotive press outside the showground. In the months following the event, Jaguar completed the tooling for the coupe’s body panels while production of the roadster was already underway.

It is well known in collecting circles that the most desirable E-Types are the flat-floor, welded-louver, outside-latch cars of 1961. Hundreds of roadsters were built in this configuration and command a substantial premium over cars built after the bonnet latches were relocated inside the passenger compartment, but only 20 left-hand-drive and four right-hand-drive examples of the coupe were built with outside latches, and today, the 12 known surviving left-hand-drive cars from this tiny group are the most highly prized of all road-going E-Types.

This car, chassis 885018, is the 18th of the 20 outside latch Coupes, and today it stands among the most correctly restored and brilliantly finished examples in existence. In 2016, the Jaguar was the fortunate subject of a 4,250-hour restoration by the renowned Jeff’s Resurrections of Taylor, Texas. A particularly intact and undamaged example, retaining its original engine (block and cylinder head), gearbox, and differential, the Jaguar was disassembled and painstakingly renewed in its original, striking color combination of Opalescent Gunmetal – which was matched to a section of original paint found in the car – with a red leather interior. Exhaustive effort was made during the two-year, photo-documented restoration process to prepare the car exactly as delivered, including reproducing the factory chalk and grease-pencil markings that it received upon final inspection at the factory in August 1961.

Following more than a year of research and the gathering of numerous, all but unobtainable parts, including date-coded electrical components, proper hoses, clamps and clips, and period OEM American-market headlights, the restoration began in earnest. The E-Type’s interior was also painstakingly restored including its correct roadster-spec seats and rare chrome-trimmed sun visors. In all, well over $400,000 was spent to achieve the truly awesome result.

Since its completion in 2018, 885018 has competed at the highest levels of Jaguar Clubs of North America (JCNA) and concours competition; it has received three 100-point scores at JCNA events and has taken Best of Class honors or significant special awards wherever it has been shown. A true labor of love for its impassioned owner, this E-Type Coupe stands atop most all others for its impeccable restoration, original matching-numbers components, and its extreme rarity. It is worthy of a special place in any world-class collection.