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Lot Number
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1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I OTS
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $225,000 - $275,000
CHASSIS NO: 875747
• Only 400 miles since restoration
• 1961 build date flat-floor example
• Never before offered for public sale
• Factory black finish, numbers-matching with Heritage Certificate

3.8 litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU carburetors, 265 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 96”


When Jaguar introduced the all-new XKE at the 1961 Geneva Auto Show, it took everyone by surprise including Enzo Ferrari who remarked that it was the most beautiful car he’d ever seen. Literally overnight the E-Type took the world of sports cars from rounded and somewhat boxy lines to a sleek and aerodynamic design that found a thousand ways to cheat the wind. Quite simply there was nothing like it and the E-Type was here to stay. Riding on a 96-inch wheelbase and measuring just 48-inches in height, the E-Type was long, low, and fast. Power came from Jaguar’s precision engineered twin cam six that was durable, reliable and according to some, bulletproof. Jaguar would go on to offer a Series I, Series II, and Series III with refinements made at each level. The E-Type also proved itself at racetracks all over the world and in the present day they continue to be defined as the car that changed the world of performance sports cars.

Certainly, the E-Type Jaguar looks great from any angle but, when finished in classic gleaming black, the animated lines of this famous car literally come to life. The example offered here is an early 1962 "flat floor" Series I that has recently emerged from two decades in storage from a personal collection and has never been publicly offered for sale. Chassis number 875747 was built on October 10, 1961, restored in the mid-1990s and has only been driven some 400 miles since. Its restoration was authentically completed as per its Jaguar Heritage Certificate and it presents today like it left the factory. All numbers match and it recently received an intense sorting that saw the engine resealed and the carburetors rebuilt. A new aluminum exhaust was also installed and the sound that emanates from its twin cam six is something that only the E-Type has. The interior is finished in finely stitched tan leather that adds a dramatic contrast to its gleaming black paint. The dashboard is beautifully restored with correct toggle switches and a wood steering wheel provides for the perfect Grand Touring experience. The gleaming black paint gives an indication of the level of quality achieved in the restoration of this car as it glows like new with a high-quality finish that can stand with the best on any concours show field. A black convertible top displays an air of highly refined quality with no wrinkles or blemishes in any areas and this Series I has its canvas top boot. Jaguar’s work-of-art twin cam six is nicely displayed in this E-Type that features polished aluminum surfaces and three SU carburetors for superior performance. The dashing appearance is nicely set off by a set of gleaming wire wheels that are a fitting touch on this fine British sports car.

The E-Type Jaguar is always a welcome sight at any concours and this one could stand out in a field with the best. Its beautiful colors coupled with its gorgeous interior makes for a car that’s a pleasure to look at and fun to drive. The quality, fit, and finish of this Series I E-Type holds up even under the closest inspection. For the collector of fine British sports cars this rare “flat floor” Series I E-Type is a car that checks a significant box while offering a spirited driving experience on the open road.

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I OTS
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