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Unprecedented success at Le Mans with the C- and D-Types piqued speculation about the new XKE when it was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961. Under the deft hand of designer Malcolm Sayer, the E-Type followed cues from its predecessors with seductive svelte lines. Although the XKE evolved over the next decade, the early Series I model retains the crown for the purist Jaguar specialist.
This 1962 Series I Roadster is highly desirable with its welded hood louvers and flat floors. It was first finished in opalescent gunmetal with red interior. While the car’s earliest history is unknown, it was purchased more than 25 years ago by its previous owner, Craig Pillatsch of Carterville, Illinois. With the assistance of marque craftsmen, Mr. Pillatsch orchestrated a comprehensive 20-year restoration, culminating in the stunning red and black combination presented today. The engine was rebuilt with new pistons keeping stock bore, and the Jaguar is accompanied by a black cloth top and black top boot, AM/FM radio, original jack, knock-of hammer, and tool kit.
A perfectly specified early example, this show-ready XKE is a beautifully restored example of one of the most beloved models of all time.