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Lot 241

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 876520
  • Engine no. R 3522-9
  • Gearbox no. EB 2629 JS
  • Body no. R 2850

Sold for $159,500


265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • Early flat-floor example; matching-numbers engine
  • Restored in its original color combination
  • Includes tool roll, jack, and knock-off hammer


Jaguar had enjoyed great success with its XK series of sports cars, but the E-Type was not, as might have been expected, a continuation of the XK150. Instead, the XKE (as it was dubbed in the U.S.) was based largely upon a pair of prototype racing cars, E1A and E2A, which themselves borrowed heavily from the very successful monocoque-bodied D-Type racing chassis. Following earlier precedent, there would be two versions of the new E-Type, an open two-seater, or roadster, and a fixed head coupe, both with sleek and curvaceous bodies designed by Malcolm Sayer, a pioneer in automotive aerodynamics.

Under the E-Type’s broad front-hinged bonnet was essentially the same 3.8-liter twin-cam inline six as in its predecessors, producing 265 brake horsepower. The gearbox was a four-speed manual without synchronization on the first gear (known as the “Moss” box). Suspension, though, was thoroughly modern—independent all around. There were powerful four-wheel disc brakes, inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight. Performance was astonishing, especially for its price. The E-Type had real 150-mph capability.

The car offered here, chassis number 876520, was delivered new to G.P. Edgar of New York. It reportedly enjoyed dry indoor care for 32 years. In previous ownership, the car received an extensive overhaul by the renowned marque specialist Richard Jenkins. This work included a rebuild of the original engine, retaining the original pistons; the valves and cylinder heads were updated to allow the use of unleaded fuel. The original gearbox was removed and rebuilt, and a new wiring harness was installed as well.

Refinished in stunning Opalescent Bronze, the car also features a black top and interior, all consistent with its JDHT certificate. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in all of the work completed on this remarkably early example.

Offered with books, tools, and an assortment of paperwork detailing the work completed, this is surely an excellent example of the desirable early flat-floor E-Type.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

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Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more