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Reporting on the action at the March 1961 Geneva Salon, Autosport magazine’s correspondent announced, “The E-Type Jaguar has made its electrifying appearance, and at one stride Britain takes the lead in the Grand Touring market of Europe.” Ever since then, the E-Type, internally designated XK-E, has received almost universal praise for its design excellence, race-bred performance, and sensuous bodylines that continue to captivate sports-car enthusiasts everywhere today.
Based upon a rigid steel monocoque passenger compartment and tail section with the front suspension mounted upon a front subframe, the new E-Type was clearly descended from the glorious D-Type sports racer which dominated Le Mans during the 1950s, winning there for three consecutive years from 1955 through 1957. The E-Type’s advanced and effective independent rear suspension was elegantly designed by Jaguar engineer Bob Knight and proven on the E1A, also known as ‘XKE-101’ and the E2A sports-racer campaigned at Le Mans in 1960 by Team Cunningham. A highly functional and attractive interior and the well-developed 3.8-liter DOHC ‘XK’ engine inherited directly from the outgoing XK150S made the E-Type an ideal two-place Grand Touring car. Delivering breathtaking performance to match its appearance, the E-type was the first series-production sports car to break the magic 150-mph speed barrier.
E-Type production began with cars for Jaguar’s all-important export market in March 1961, followed by domestic production commencing in July. While the basic E-Type design kept pace with the changing times and regulatory environment throughout its run, the earlier ‘Series I’ cars are particularly valuable and coveted today for their unadulterated performance, purposeful aircraft-type switchgear, and pure bodylines with beautiful covered headlamps.
Verified by its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this outstanding ‘Series I’ Roadster from 1964 was originally finished in black with red upholstery. It retains the original matching numbers drivetrain, including the fully-rebuilt 3.8-liter DOHC ‘six’ and the original, non-synchronized four-speed Moss gearbox. The E-type clearly benefits handsomely from a complete disassembly and frame-off restoration that was completed during 2011, with only an approximate 50 miles of use ever since. All components, including the wiring harness, brakes, exhaust, and others were replaced with factory items and the E-Type retains the original gauges, factory radio, owners’ manual and the highly sought after tool kit. In short, it marks a superb, investment-grade example of the immensely collectible and fast-appreciating ‘Series I’ E-Type.