The E-Type was initially designed as a rear-wheel drive Grand Tourer in two-seater Coupé form, and as a two-seater Convertible. On its release Enzo Ferrari called it "The most beautiful car ever made".
The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most valuable, essentially fall into two categories: Those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8 litre engines and non-synchromesh transmissions, and those made between 1965-1967, which increased engine size and torque by around 10%, added a fully synchronised transmission, and also provided new reclining seats, an alternator in place of the prior generator, an electrical system switched to negative ground, and other modern amenities, all while keeping the same classic Series 1 styling. The 4.2 litre Series 1 E-Types also replaced the brake booster of the 3.8 litre with a more reliable unit.
The Jaguar 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe offered here is described by the vendor as fully restored and in superb condition throughout. It is an early example, and one of only 1799 3.8 RHD Fixed Heads ever produced. The car was purchased in 1997 from an insurance company after a fraudulent insurance claim. The car had been stripped down and painted in red oxide, and was found in the garage of a friend of the claimant. All the matching number engine, gearbox and axle were with the body. This has now been fully rebuilt and restored and is now ready for a new owner.
The car has featured in several magazines and has appeared on Top Gear.
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