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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.