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Lot 111

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster

  • Chassis no. 880692
  • Engine no. RA4563-9
  • Body no. R7508

Sold for $187,000

265 hp, 3,781 cc inline DOHC six-cylinder engine, five-speed Tremec manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, universally jointed half-shafts, twin coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes with high-performance four-piston front calipers and drilled rotors. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • Late Series I Roadster
  • Matching engine, body, and chassis
  • Fresh frame-up restoration
  • Subtle modifications for thrilling driving

Assembled on December 9, 1963, this Series I E-Type Jaguar was first delivered to sunny California, and soon thereafter, it was sold to a gentleman from Arizona. After completing 41,600 miles, it was put away in the second owner’s garage, with the intention of someday retrieving the car and restoring it to its former glory. Thirty years later, the Roadster emerged and was sold to the present owner, so that the task could at last be completed to the highest of standards. The work was recently finished, and the car presents today as fresh as it could possibly be.

Dismantled and sandblasted, the bare shell revealed an outstanding body, which was sent off to be prepared and receive a show-quality repaint in elegant Silver Grey. The engine was rebuilt, using new pistons and dynamic balancing to ensure smooth running. An alloy flywheel replaced the factory steel item. A new clutch and new hydraulics were fitted. The rear suspension was rebuilt, with all bearings and seals in the differential replaced. The old Moss gearbox was replaced with a modern five-speed Tremec unit, and the differential ratio changed to 3.23:1, which, when coupled with the overdriven fifth gear, results in effortless high-speed cruising while the engine loafs along with ease. The rear brake calipers received new cylinders and pistons, new brake lines and master cylinders, and high-performance four-piston front calipers with drilled rotors for cooling.

Other improvements included a competition two-inch stainless steel exhaust system and headers, both polished to a show-quality finish; an alloy radiator with a 16-inch fan, with six times the power of the 1963 item; a new wiring harness; a new windshield and door glass; a new interior, made in England, using the correct materials; six-inch wheels with 205/70/15 tires; and triple-plating of every piece of chrome.

Great care and obsessive attention to detail during the assembly process has resulted in an outstanding example of the 3.8-Liter Roadster. Accompanied by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, verifying its matching original body, engine, and chassis, this car can be enjoyed by simply staring at it and admiring the gorgeous engine bay, or by taking it for a drive and enjoying a classic Jaguar with modern upgrades.

Titled as 1964.

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