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Please note that this vehicle is titled as L80090.
Albert Adelman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (acquired new in 1963)Brent Query, Rochelle, Illinois (acquired from the above in 1985)Frank Cassata, Machesney Park, Illinois (acquired from the above in 2005)Canepa Design, Scotts Valley, California (acquired from the above in 2012)Richard Griot, Tacoma, Washington (acquired from the above in 2014)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, Orlando, Florida, November 2015JCNA Meet, Celebration, Florida, March 2016JCNA Meet, Fort Myers, Florida, November 2016
Initially debuting to great acclaim at the 1961 Geneva Auto Show, the Jaguar E-Type has evolved into an iconic sports car. The model’s deft combination of race-bred mechanicals and aerodynamic bodywork by Malcolm Sayer resulted in a particularly timeless design, as proven by this authentically restored roadster.
According to its JDHT certificate, chassis 880090 completed assembly on September 4, 1963, finished in black paint and trimmed with a red leather interior, a color scheme it continues to wear today. Dispatched four days later to Jaguar Cars New York, the E-Type was purchased new by Albert Adelman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A member of Northwestern University’s 1936 Big Ten Championship football team, Adelman spurned an NFL contract and managed his family’s cleaning business, eventually commissioning Frank Lloyd Wright to build him a home in Fox Point, Wisconsin, bordering Lake Michigan.
The Jaguar remained in Mr. Adelman’s care until 1985, when it was purchased by Brent Query of Rochelle, Illinois, who began disassembling the car for a full restoration. When Mr. Query offered the roadster 20 years later, the restoration was still incomplete, and buyer Frank Cassata of nearby Machesney Park then made significant strides in finishing the work. Enlisting the assistance of Don Ellefson’s Exclusive Auto Restoration in Rockton, Illinois, the owner set about a five-year restoration that included a correct new interior and paint, as well as significant attention to the brakes, suspension, exhaust, and electrical system.
In 2012, the E-Type was acquired by Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California, and the company’s skilled technicians put the finishing touches on the restoration, including a sympathetic rebuild of the original Jaguar engine and gearbox. By 2014, the faithfully restored E-Type was sold to Richard Griot, founder of the well-known Griot’s Garage car-care products. The roadster remained in his personal collection until mid-2015, when it was purchased by the consignor, a marque enthusiast in Florida who presented the car at the 2015 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.
In March 2016, the E-Type scored 989.7 points (out of 1,000) at the JCNA concours in Celebration, Florida, and in November it tallied 995.4 points at the club event at Fort Myers. The consignor says he has consistently endeavored to correct any minor presentational flaws that resulted in point deductions.
Accompanied by a jack, tools, and manuals, and documented with restoration invoices and previous titles, this remarkable E-Type would make a stellar addition to any collection.