Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster LHD

Fully Restored to ZP Competition Specification - Flat Floor - Outside Bonnet Lock

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This LHD Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8L Roadster was the 58th car manufactured, on 29th May 1961, making it one of the very earliest examples. The car was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York on 8th June 1961. It is an extremely rare and desirable model, being a flat floor "outside bonnet lock" variant. It benefits from numerous features unique to the early cars, such as the very early bonnet construction with welded in louvres; later on, these were changed to pressed metal, as this was deemed to be more cost-effective. It also has a non-ribbed air box, characteristic of the early models. All E-types benefit from a monocoque chassis and double-wishbone independent front suspension, as well as independent rear suspension. This example has a Jaguar non-standard race ratio differential that Jaguar offered for competition purposes only and there is evidence of it being a race car earlier in its life, as it was fitted with a SCCA roll hoop and brace - the holes/plates for which were discovered on the strip down for restoration. Couple the top speed of 150mph with the astonishing looks, it is easy to see why an early E-type is so sought after.

This car has just undergone a complete restoration, fantastically detailed by an extensive photographic record. The car was rebuilt to the period Competition Specification (or "ZP" specification) using the 1961 Jaguar 'preparation for competition handbook' issued by Jaguar Cars in 1961. This was completed to replicate how the car would have been in its early life and is as ECD 400 would have been when it won the E type's first race in the hands of Graham Hill. As a result the car has Koni shock absorbers, larger diameter roll bars and torsion bars, harder bushes, a low ratio differential (compensated for by an upgraded 5 speed close ratio gearbox), competition engine with polished cylinder head, D-type camshafts, forged pistons, lightened and balanced components and flowed SU carburettors. An oil cooler and wasp dynamo look alike alternator are also fitted. The exhaust system is a Haywood and Scott 1961 FIA pattern. The driver's side has a recessed floor and cut away rear section for the seats, as the original competition ZP cars had. An original chronometric rev counter is present, along with a 1961 pattern Derrington steering wheel. The radiator and electric fan are upgraded and the brakes are Mk 9 Jaguar with larger diameter, thicker discs. The wheels are triple laced 6" and fitted with Avon ZZ tyres.

The whole project has been undertaken with a 'no expense spared' attitude and a record of all the bills are present, which total in excess of £145,000. This is an exceedingly rare vehicle and must be considered a unique opportunity to acquire a very early Jaguar that is deeply entrenched in the early history of the company. The car is fresh from restoration and in superb condition throughout being ready to use and enjoy immediately.

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