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Lot 46

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster

SOLD $418,000

Estimate

$350,000 - $450,000

Chassis

875206

Car Highlights

Historic Early-Production E-Type Roadster
External Bonnet Latches, Flat Floors, Welded Louvers
Fresh Concours-Level Restoration by Classic Showcase
Beautifully Presented in Original Color Scheme
Accompanied by JDHT Certifcate, Owner’s Manual, and Restoration DVD

Technical Specs

3,781 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three SU HD8 Carburetors
265 BHP at 5,550 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes, Inboard Rear
Independent Wishbone Front Suspension with Torsion Bars and Telescopic Dampers
Independent Rear Suspension with Coil Springs and Telescopic Dampers
Register to Bid

Scotch CBG Co., Fulton, Alabama (acquired new in August 1961)Michael F. Kolesar, Florida (acquired in September 1981)Private Collection, Georgia (acquired in August 1982)Charles E. Cole, Carrollton, Georgia (acquired in August 1995)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

JCNA Inland Empire Jagstravaganza, Fallbrook, California, September 2014

“The E-Type Jaguar has made its electrifying appearance, and at one stride Britain takes the lead in the Grand Touring market of Europe.” – Autosport, March 1961

Descended from Jaguar’s Le Mans-conquering D-Type sports racer, E1A development car, and E2A Le Mans prototype, the achingly beautiful E-Type combined impeccable lineage, technical sophistication, and shattering performance. A landmark automobile, the E-Type totally redefined the sports car concept from launch and its timeless qualities remain captivating today.

E-Type production began for Jaguar’s export markets in March 1961 with domestic production commencing that July. Running changes defined first-year production, with early-production cars utilizing external bonnet latches until August 1961, welded bonnet louvers were fitted until the end of 1961, and from left-hand-drive roadster number 582 and right-hand drive roadster number 358, the E-Type’s original “flat-foor” cockpit design was revised to accept the addition of footwells. Surviving examples with all three of these characteristic early-production features rank as the most collectible, historic, and valuable E-Types.

According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, this early-production, original left-hand-drive E-Type was built on July 12, 1961, and delivered via Jaguar Cars New York on August 24, 1961, to the Scotch CBG Co., an egg producer located in Fulton, Alabama. The E-Type eventually passed through the ownership of two subsequent enthusiasts in Florida and Georgia respectively, and then to Charles E. Cole of Carrollton, Georgia, acquired it in August 1995. Mr. Cole proved to be an enthusiastic long-term owner and displayed the E-Type at a number of JCNA concours and slalom events during his tenure, eventually commissioning a full restoration completed in 2010. The current owner first saw this early E-Type during the 1990s at a JCNA event and finally acquired it in 2013. A concours-quality restoration was completed during 2014 by the Jaguar marque specialists at Oceanside, California’s Classic Showcase.

Impressively, the E-Type retains its original 1961-dated glass headlamp covers with their original “Triplex” logos that remain in very good condition with a light age-appropriate patina. At its only show outing since restoration, this outstanding E-Type earned 99.930 points at the Inland Empire Jaguar Club’s September 2014 Jagstravaganza. Offered complete with a digital restoration file, owner’s manual, ownership history, and a JDHT Certificate listing original serial numbers, this early-production 1961 external-bonnet-latch E-Type Roadster marks an outstanding choice on all counts, standing ready for continued showing or pure, top-down enjoyment.