This Series 1 Jaguar E-Type roadster is an early 3.8-litre ‘flat floor’ roadster. Being chassis number 850107, this E-Type was the 106th right-hand drive car to be built. The car was completed on the 7th of September 1961, dispatched on the 3rd of October 1961 and sold to a Mr John Sear of Hove, East Sussex.
Little is known of this car’s early life but it is documented that the car was taken off the road in 1973. By this time in the car’s life, it has been repainted two-tone yellow and black and was in complete condition. It remained in storage until 2014 when it was unearthed with a view to being restored. Being a very complete car, much originality was retained in the restoration. The restoration was carried out by a well-respected Jaguar specialist to a very high standard and the car was completed in 2017. There is a photographic record of the restoration in the history file along with a heritage certificate.
Since the restoration, the engine has been completely rebuilt and upgraded to a high-performance specification. The engine is an original R stamped E-Type 3.8 unit. The rebuild included an Arrow billet crank, Carillo con-roads, WiseCo pistons, fast road camshafts, high flow oil pump, lightened flywheel and electric ignition. After the rebuild, the engine was tuned on a dyno and produced an extremely impressive 253bhp along with a very flat torque curve. The car also benefits from a dynator, high-capacity radiator and an electric cooling fan. Factoring in the cost of restoration and this engine rebuild we believe that the car has had to approach £300,000 spent on it.
This early E-Type is beautifully presented in Black with Red interior (originally Opalescent Dark Blue with a Dark Blue interior) and would attract much positive attention at any show. Out on the road, it drives exactly as you would want an E-Type to and provides nothing short of pure joy when sitting behind the wood-rimmed steering wheel. The high-performance engine lifts this car to another providing impressive acceleration without compromising the smooth and refined nature of the XK engine.
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