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Though Jaguar produced the Series 1 E-Type between 1961and 1967, it was the original 3.8-litre model that captured the public’s imagination and earned the “XKE” its now iconic status. Distinguished by their sporting character, sculpted bucket seats, and aluminum dashboard, the earliest E-Types were the darlings of the international show circuit, graced the covers of magazines, and even raced with success. That the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired a 1963 E-Type Roadster for its permanent collection speaks to the model’s profound aesthetic and cultural significance.
Constructed on August 2, 1962, this striking E-Type was finished in Opalescent Silver Grey with red leather – arguably the most attractive color scheme offered for the elegant Series 1 Roadster. Dispatched through Jaguar Cars New York, the E-Type was delivered new to Automobile Import Company in Pontiac, Michigan.
On February 8, 1963, the E-Type was sold to its first owner, Dr. Ahmad J. Majzoub, a surgeon living in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Outfitted with whitewall tires and a dealer-installed Becker radio, the new Jaguar cost its first owner $6,000.15.
Driven minimally and otherwise stored during winter months, the E-Type remained in the hands of its original caretaker until his death in 1995. Following his passing, Dr. Majzoub’s collection of 18 classic cars was dispersed and the E-Type, then showing 12,000 original miles, was sold to Jay Rutilli of River Forest, Illinois.
In fall 2000, Mr. Rutilli sold the E-Type to its third owner, a Virginia collector with an impressive stable of significant British sports cars. During his decade-long ownership, the Jaguar was driven sparingly and maintained by Grand Touring, Inc. of Laurel, Maryland.
In the care of its current owner, a knowledgeable Los Angeles collector, the Jaguar has been lovingly maintained and exercised on weekend outings, covering some 250 miles each year. A powerful testament to the qualities of a low-mileage, unrestored car, the consignor reports that this 50-year-old Jaguar is “a far better car than the 1967 Roadster I owned in 1970.”
On a recent outing with a Gooding & Company specialist, the E-Type performed without fault and possessed the unmistakable feel of a well- maintained original. At the time of cataloging, the odometer displayed just 15,356 original miles.
The bodywork, refinished once in its original color, displays precise gaps, excellent panel fit, and no evidence of prior repair. Under the hood and boot, as well as in the doorjambs, the original paint survives in excellent condition. Both the cylinder head and block are the original, matching-numbers components and the body number (4410) is written in factory chalk on the firewall and on the inside of the boot cover.
Significantly, the interior, top, and boot cover are factory original and beautifully patinated. In an effort to preserve the original seats from further deterioration, they have been kept in storage and substituted with a set of matching “driving seats.”
The consignor has gone to great lengths to ensure that the E-Type is authentically detailed, down to the proper Lucas battery, Dunlop tires, and a reproduction of the original Michigan registration.
The sale of this remarkable E-Type includes a complete tool roll, jack kit, owner’s handbook, original sales brochure, serial-numbered Union key, and a JDHT Certificate. Additionally, the car is offered with an unrestored hardtop and both original seats, as well as its five original chrome wire wheels and Dunlop RS5 whitewall tires.
Beyond these important accessories, the E-Type is accompanied by much documentation, including the original bill of sale from Automobile Import Company, the British Standards Institution seat belt hangtag, an invoice from Detroit British car specialist Falvey Motor Sales dated July 11, 1963, along with a wealth of correspondence, ownership documents, and service records.
Having benefitted from the meticulous care of just four owners since 1963, this wonderfully original, low-mileage E-Type Roadster is a magnificent prize for the collector who has been searching for a truly outstanding example of Jaguar’s finest sports car.