1963 Jaguar Series 1 E-Type 3.8 FHC

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Highlights

  • Matching numbers
  • Comprehensively restored to a high standard
  • Engine fully re-built
  • Wire wheels
  • Beautiful example

The Appeal

After taking the world by storm with the successful XK range, and dominating at Le Mans with the D-Type, Jaguar was on a roll at the advent of the 1960s. Back in Browns Lane, Jaguar’s race team and aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer were secretly working hard to develop yet another world-beating sports car - a car that would come to be known as the E-Type.
A powerful twin-cam straight-six and lightweight semi-monocoque construction made the E-Type a formidable sports car, capable of reaching top speeds of over 150 mph. Its sleek, aerodynamic lines, characterised by a seemingly endless bonnet and series of seductive curves have garnered the admiration of millions - including one famously hard-to-please Enzo Ferrari.
With only around 7,000 produced the Series 1 FHC is quite rare and often heralded as the prettiest E-Type. This 1964 example has been subject to a comprehensive, no-expense-spared restoration, covering few miles since. It retains its original period specifications barre a gearbox upgrade to a later all-synchromesh unit - although the original ‘Moss box’ is supplied to retain the car’s matching numbers status. Resplendent in Carmen Red over a superbly restored black leather interior, this Jaguar is a stunning example.

The History and Paperwork

  • Constructed in 1963 (1964 MY spec)
  • Supplied to the USA in LHD in Opalescent Silver Grey with a black interior
  • After nearly 20 years being dry stored in Texas the car was imported to Australia in 1995 where it was comprehensively restored from the chassis up and converted to RHD using all genuine parts
  • Various new floor panels and sills fitted
  • Chassis sand-blasted and treated for rust prevention with the underside being treated with stoneguard prior to painting
  • Engine stripped and rebuilt in 1995
  • Full body bare metal re-spray in Red 
  • Imported to and registered in the UK in 2013
  • Further engine work and synchromesh gearbox fitted
  • New brakes and suspension
  • Certificate of authenticity from Jaguar
  • Many receipts for recent works
  • Historic vehicle
  • MOT and Road Tax exempt
  • V5c present showing 1 UK owner
  • 1 set of keys
  • Photographic record of past restoration work
Starting life in the USA this E-Type ended up being stored in the dry state of Texas from around 1975, where it sat until being purchased 20 years later and exported to Australia where it was stripped down to its last nut and bolt and comprehensively restored to a very high standard and converted to RHD.
On arrival in Australia, the odometer read 56,000 miles and so the current indicated mileage of 62, 750 is likely accurate.
Purchased and re-imported to the UK by its previous keeper in 2013, the engine was rebuilt again, the gearbox change was carried out, the braking system was rebuilt, as were various suspension components.

The Condition

  • Excellent red acrylic lacquer paintwork
  • New wire wheels and Dunlop Sport radial tyres
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Triple wipers
  • Electric aerial
  • Original black interior and seats
  • Excellent dashboard with all original instruments working
  • Classic wooden steering wheel
  • Lovely patina throughout
From whatever angle you look at any E-Type it looks stunning and this lovely early Red Fixed Head Coupe shows off its fabulous curves and lines to great advantage.
Having been extensively restored from the ground up the overall presentation of the car is quite simply excellent, with unmarked deep gloss Red paint bodywork, excellent chrome, and brand new wire wheels and tyres,
All the body panels and doors are nice and straight with good panel gaps all-round with only the external chrome showing its age in the smallest of places, otherwise it presents extremely well as the photographs detail very nicely.
Undersealed and treated early on the sills and chassis rails are all excellent and under the huge bonnet it’s about as good as it gets.
The car looks great from all angles and sits squarely and purposefully on the tarmac on its gleaming wire wheels and SP radial tyres.
The black leather seats and carpets contrast very well with the Red bodywork and the cabin is a magical place to be, instantly captivating you with sheer elegance and style of the Jaguar’s interior.
Overall the original interior presents very well indeed, with the perfect patina of age evident throughout the surprisingly spacious cabin. Carpets, door cards and internal chrome handles are all very nice and the dashboard has no cracks or any other damage, the surrounds and glass of all the smiths gauges and dials are all good and all those work, along with all that fantastic array of centre dash switches.
The original radio is present and the rear luggage compartment is all carpeted and has nice and straight luggage strips with the spare wheel, jack and the all-important copper mallet to undo the chrome spinners, and a very nearly complete original toolkit, all stored neatly under the floor.

The Mechanics

  • Original 3.8-litre XK-straight-six fully rebuilt in 2016
  • Four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox from a Series 2 E-Type
  • Original gearbox accompanies the car
  • Low indicated mileage - believed correct
  • Recent new brake discs, pads, lines and callipers
  • New shock absorbers all round
In 2016, the engine was rebuilt for a second time, re-grinding the crankshaft, new pistons, bearings and camshafts and then re-building the engine with new seals and gaskets. The gearbox was replaced with a later synchromesh box but the original ‘Moss box’ comes too. The entire braking system, (from the master cylinder to callipers, brake lines, discs and shoes), has all been renewed along with all four shock absorbers, various suspension arms and bushes. This work cost in excess of £19,000 (invoices present).
Treated to ongoing maintenance and attention to keep the car in fine running order, it is reported to start on the button and drive superbly. We’re informed that the engine pulls strongly and the four-speed synchromesh gearbox changes up and down smoothly and precisely, with the brakes providing secure stopping power.
This E-Type is fully serviced, with all fresh fluids, oils, filters and plugs and is ready to be driven away and enjoyed to the maximum.
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1964
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model E-Type
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 56,000 Miles
  • Engine size 3800
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Billericay
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
11 bids from 6 bidders
  • beastfa•••• £52,500 18/06/24
  • baker.k•••• £52,000 18/06/24
  • Jasonm £50,000 14/06/24
  • Jasonm £40,000 14/06/24
  • Jasonm £30,000 14/06/24
  • Jasonm £20,000 14/06/24
  • Jasonm £10,000 14/06/24
  • perspic•••• £3,000 14/06/24
  • tharind•••• £2,500 14/06/24
  • perspic•••• £2,000 14/06/24
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