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1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster Chassis no. 878510

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1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster
Chassis no. 878510

3,781cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission (see text)
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Beautiful and tastefully upgraded E Type
*Fitted with 5 Speed Tremec transmission
*Fitted with upgraded braking system.
*Attractive Opalescent gunmetal grey color scheme.
*Great car for high speed rallies such as Copperstate 1000


When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar's E-Type stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. The newcomer's design owed much of that to the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor.
Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure of the E-Type while a tubular spaceframe extended forward to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carbureted, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance furthered the standards set by the preceding XK models; firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150, and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used the experience he gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.

Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward sub frame. At the rear the E-Type's suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live-rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels, those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight.

Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.


This particular E-Type Jaguar was purchased by its current custodian in October of 2000. At the time, it was in rather poor condition but complete. It was decided to make the car into a capable grand tourer with some upgrades and improvements. Soon, a full nut and bolt restoration began. This restoration was quite extensive and involved the car being stripped to bare metal. The original subframe was also replaced. The engine had a substantial crack and the block was not savable so that was also replaced with a correct 3.8 block. The engine was also upgraded with new pistons, lightened fly wheel, and other performance upgrades.

The braking system that is often a complaint on early 3.8-liter E-Types was converted to the later 4.2-liter specification. To further improve decelerative performance, Wilwood front brakes and larger pistons in the rear calipers were installed giving the car a braking system that is far more capable than the car possessed from new. To further the upgrade, a 5-speed Tremec transmission was fitted. In order to finish the car's sporting look, it was decided to put the car on Dunlop racing wheels.

Completing the restoration, the car was painted in Opalescent gunmetal grey. The interior was updated with the usage of Red Connolly leather, and wilton wool carpets. This appointment is usually only found on Rolls Royce, Bentley and Bristol motorcars from the 1960s. Finishing the interior, a set of 58mm Heuer rally stop watch and chronograph were also fitted.

Today, this E-Type roadster presents extremely well. The early 3.8 E-type engine is smoother and revs far more easily then the later 4.2 engine and makes it a favorite of a driving enthusiast. Along with the 5-speed transmission and upgraded braking, it is a suburb driver's car. Ready for the road and as a welcome participant on high speed drivers' events.

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