In 1961 Jaguar introduced the E- type to the public and it was shown as a rear wheel drive grand tourer in 2 seater configuration as either a coupe (FHC) or a roadster (OTS). The car immediately received rave reviews. Not only was the car amazingly fast for the time, 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and a ¼ mile time of 14.9 seconds, due to power from the 3.8 litre six cylinder engine, but the car's design just looked sleek and fast. In fact, on first viewing the car, Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. Quite a compliment from one of the foremost car manufacturers in the world!
Many considered the FHC to be the better looking of the two cars, but that did not matter because Jaguar built approximately seven and a half thousand of each of these cars with the 3.8 litre engine before moving on to create the Series 1 car with the 4.2 litre engine.
The car being offered here is a 1963, an early Series 1 car and the model which most Jaguar enthusiasts look for, particularly for the distinguishing feature of the elegant glass headlamp covers which so enhance the front end appearance.
This car was purchased in London, having been manufactured by Jaguar in January 1962. The current owner has now decided to sell the car after 52 years of single ownership. The car is complete and drives well on the road. At one point in the car's life it was put into storage for eighteen years. After emerging from storage the owner was given some bad advice and told that due to improper storage the engine was full of water and could not be rebuilt. The owner was persuaded to install a replacement engine as being the only solution to fix the car. The replacement engine was installed and this unit is period correct for the car, but is not matching numbers. The rest of the car is believed to have original major units still fitted.
A detailed inspection of the underside of the car shows there are some areas of body corrosion that need to be taken care of to make the car safe before it is put back into daily driving service. Photos of the underside, showing areas of corrosion are available for review by a prospective buyer. As previously stated the car is driveable and is absolutely complete. This car will make an outstanding driver once the metal work repairs are made by a knowledgeable metal craftsman. Values on Coupe (FHC) models are on the increase and this base car, if properly refurbished, should be a valuable collector asset in the future.