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“The most beautiful car ever made,” is how Enzo Ferrari described the E-Type Jaguar at its release in March 1961, at the Geneva Auto Show. Twenty-five years later the MoMA in New York admitted an E-Type into its gallery as one of six cars that represent true art.
Manufactured continuously between 1961 and 1975, E-Types were initially released as a rear-wheel-drive, two-seat coupe or roadster. The early E-Types – now referred to as the “Series I” cars – are easily spotted by their covered headlights, small mouth, signal and tail lights above the bumper, and exhaust tips under the license plate.
This Series I example is believed to have had only three owners over the past 50 years; and it has evidently been well maintained and cared for its entire life. It comes with an original registration card from March 1973, stating its domicile as Spokane, Washington. As one of the earlier 3.8-litre models it possesses an inherently sporty character, and this example benefits from some thoughtful upgrades, including improved exhaust headers and a five-speed gearbox – rendering the car ultimately more enjoyable to drive.
Finished in an attractive shade of blue metallic with a black soft top and red interior, this Series I E-Type is accompanied by a matching blue hardtop, tool kit, and original Moss gearbox. This Jaguar has been carefully restored and appears correct throughout, the perfect combination of sporty performance and style – a fabled class act.