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Reporting from 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, with the magic 150-mph barrier finally broken by a series-production sports car.
E-Type production began with cars for the export market in March 1961, followed by domestic production commencing in July. The earlier ‘Series I’ cars are particularly valuable today for their historic first-year status, unadulterated performance, aircraft-type switchgear, and pure bodylines with beautiful covered headlamps. This remarkable example is a matching numbers example with an approximate 64,000 miles of use. It is currently owned by, and offered for sale on behalf of, the son of the late Christopher Greaves, a former mechanic with the legendary Jaguar racing team Ecurie Ecosse, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and many other international events for Jaguar and other top marques of the 1950s and 1960s.
The E-Type was expertly restored by Classic Vision Restoration in Burbank, California. To those few classic-car enthusiasts not familiar with their work, Classic Vision is responsible for two Pebble Beach Best of Show restorations, plus six Pebble Beach Best in Class awards and many more top concours-winning restorations. Striking in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey over Red, this exceptional ‘Series I’ E-Type is offered complete with an original service manual and its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate of Authenticity.