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Lot 28

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 881186
  • Engine no. ZB2974
  • Gearbox no. EB7780JS
  • Body no. R8043

Sold for $88,000


265 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • A late 3.8-liter model with correct 4.2-liter interior features
  • Recently completed mechanical and cosmetic refreshing


In 1961, Jaguar released a successful combination of everything it had learned from winning races and constructing commercially successful road cars. The E-Type, clearly a decedent of the D-Type, sported a well-appointed interior, a civilized 3.8-litre engine that was derived from Jaguar’s previous generation of road going XK sports cars, and a compliant independent suspension. The combination of all these things, coupled with a timeless design, made for one of the greatest sports cars the world had ever seen.



The year 1964 was an interesting one for the E-Type, as the 3.8-liter engine that was introduced with the car was about to be replaced with the new 4.2-liter engine. E-Types of this model year were fitted with interior components that were different from those in the earlier 3.8-liter cars, but these would become mainstays in the 4.2-liter iteration. For example, these cars retained the seats found in the 3.8-liter models, but they gained a new center armrest and new vinyl console coverings.



This Jaguar E-Type was produced in October 1964, and it is in splendid mechanical and cosmetic condition following a recent, thorough refreshing, on top of a ground-up restoration that was completed about 15 years ago. It recently received a repaint in its original exterior color of black, which looks brilliant when combined with its red leather interior, which was a color that was also original to the car. Many mechanical components were replaced to ensure that this E-Type runs as it should, including a new fuel pump, exhaust manifolds, new hoses, and a stainless steel exhaust. However, all components installed are mechanically correct for this year and model of E-Type, down to the factory Cheney hose clamps. Additionally, the vinyl convertible top was replaced with a more durable canvas Stayfast top, and many small interior trim pieces that were showing signs of age were replaced to ensure that nothing was overlooked in the car’s most recent refreshing.



A Series 1 Jaguar E-Type is truly a car that never goes out of style. Its beautiful lines, which were penned by Malcolm Sayer, are just as stunning as the powerplant that lies beneath. E-Types are just as well suited for regular grand touring use as they are for spirited weekend driving. This example, which is well-restored without overlooking attention to detail or originality, is particularly menacing in its black and red color combination. It is ready for top down tours and rallies, and it will surely turn heads wherever it goes.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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