Lot 59

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster

SOLD $268,800


$275,000 - $350,000





Car Highlights

Very Early Example Complete with Outside Bonnet Latches, Flat Floors, and Welded Louvers
Retains Matching-Numbers Engine per JDHT Certificate
One of Only 385 LHD Outside-Latch Roadsters Built
Documented Concours-Standard Restoration by Marque Specialist Classic Showcase
Stunning Presentation Throughout in Quintessential Color Combination

Technical Specs

3,781 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three SU Carburetors
265 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes, Inboard Rear
Front Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Independent Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

Universally revered, the Jaguar E-Type was recognized immediately upon its debut in 1961 as a brilliant leap forward in the evolution of the sports car. The revisions that followed over its 14 years of production never eclipsed the trailblazing Series I model as the most desirable of all the E-Types – especially the first 385 Roadsters, crafted with flat floors, welded bonnet louvers, and the now-cherished external bonnet latches.

This superb and ultimately collectible Jaguar, chassis 875180, was sold by Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California, to collector Nicholas Colonna of Palos Verdes in 2007, with the agreement that Classic Showcase restore the car to concours standards. The classic combination of British Racing Green with a tan leather interior was chosen and, over a period of two years, the E-Type underwent a stringent frame-off restoration at a reported cost of $135,000. In the decade since, the Jaguar has been maintained and coddled with the care and vigilance worthy of an automotive icon. A DVD documenting the restoration process accompanies the car, as does a handbook and correct tool roll.

With D-Type DNA plus the pedigree established by its ancestors, the E-Type has arguably garnered more affection and recognition than any other British sports car. This example, with all of the earliest hallmarks and its spectacular presentation, deserves to be the center of attention at any automotive gathering.