1961 Jaguar E-type road­ster

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

The pu­rity of the ear­li­est E-types is only ap­par­ent when you view one along­side its Se­ries 2 and 3 suc­ces­sors. The first in­car­na­tion’s svelte lines lacked ex­cess adorn­ment and the very ear­li­est, flat floor models are, the most de­sir­able for many. This car, which has been in the present own­er­ship for 36 years, is the 151st right-hand drive road­ster built and is in orig­i­nal, un­re­stored con­di­tion, al­though the en­gine was re­placed in 1968 with what’s thought to be a new unit. Said to have ‘won­der­ful patina’ it has the orig­i­nal alu­minium ra­di­a­tor, orig­i­nal bon­net and date-stamped elec­tri­cal com­po­nents. It still has its orig­i­nal, un­used tool kit, though the auc­tion­eer points out that the jack is bro­ken. It’s seen con­tin­u­ous, but very light dry­weather use dur­ing the ven­dor’s own­er­ship, so for any­one seek­ing out a very early E-type, their search could well be over.

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