1961 Jaguar E-type roadster
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.