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VERY Early 1961 Jaguar E-Type, XKE - Series 1 Roadster, Open Two Seater

Make: Jaguar
Model: E-Type
Type: Roadster Convertible
Trim: Series I
Year: 1961
Mileage: 83,845
VIN: 87545X
Color: Black
Engine: 3.8 Liter
Cylinders: 6
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Red
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Elkton, Maryland, United States

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Additional Info:

VERY Early 1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Project
Flat Floors - Welded Louvers
This is approx. the 450th LHD E-Type Open Two-Seater (roadster) built - it's an early one! Of course, it is an original flat-floor car, and is less than 75 cars after the outside bonnet latch cars - and as a result, it still carries the mounting holes and bonnet bumpers for the outside latch cars.
NOTE - The last digit of the chassis number has been omitted from this auction so that the new owner will be the person who determines when (or if...) this E-Type is logged into the E-Type registry - it currently is not...
Monocoque Metalworks is assisting one of our oldest customers with the sale of this car. Our reputation for honesty, friendly customer service, and following through on our word is second to none - bid with confidence!
This E-Type is also for sale locally, and we reserve the right to sell the car at any time.
Numbers Matching! -
This is a completely numbers-matching car - all numbers have been checked by me personally. A Heritage certificate has also been obtained, and confirms these numbers as well.
Black with Red Interior - Currently silver with a black interior, this E-Type was originally delivered in black with a red interior - a very stunning and desirable color combination for an E-Type roadster! This is documented on the car's Heritage certificate, and can also be plainly seen on areas of the car that still carry the original factory paint, plus a few remnants of the original interior.
Condition -
The car is being sold in AS-IS condition - as a project car, needing total restoration. It currently DOES run smoothly, and has a working clutch and all gears have been tested and work fine. The brakes are not currently operational, and so the car has only been driven short distances to ensure that all gears in the gearbox are functioning. Two separate videos of the car running are available on request.
The body shell itself is quite solid for an E-Type of this age, but will require a total restoration, of course. The bonnet is the original welded-louver, welded-flange bonnet from THIS car.
The engine runs currently, and shows 50+ lbs. of oil pressure at approx. 2500 RPM. The gearbox shifts smoothly and operates in all forward gears and reverse - which of course also indicated that the rear differential is OK. The brakes are currently non-functioning. All components on the car are either original pieces or period replacements, and all components appear to be in good restorable condition, but the project is of course being sold in AS-IS condition, as a project car needing total restoration of all components.
Numerous Early Features -
As a VERY early flat-floor E-Type - built in August of 1961 - this car has literally DOZENS of rare, early parts and pieces - that are noticeably different than the average E-Type. Specifically:
  • Original welded-louver, welded-flange bonnet,
  • Wiper motor dated 6-61,
  • Early (and pricey!) triple-eared air balance tube with early throttle linkage,
  • "Pumpkin" painted 9:1 compresion head vs. later Gold painted heads,
  • Original round brake bottles,
  • Early oblong ashtray without wings,
  • Super rare "double" rear decklid hinges,
  • Two-piece door skins,
  • Still has the outside bonnet latch mounting holes with blanking screws,
  • Still has the bonnet "bumpers" on the outer edges of the cowl,
  • Studs versus bolts in the bonnet carrier bracket,
  • And many, many more!
Overview -
Overall, this is an EXCELLENT early E-Type project - and an EXTREMELY RARE E-type as well! These early cars are becoming more valuable every year - this car is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and an investment-grade E-Type.
If you have the desire to own an E-Type from the early days of production - Summer of 1961, and what some call the "pre-Production" cars - then don't let this opportunity pass you by! If you could go back in time and walk up to the Jaguar display at New York, London, or Paris in the Spring of 1961 - and ordered your new black roadster right then and there - THIS E-TYPE is what would be delivered to you a few months later! THIS was the car that stopped the hearts of the entire motoring press - and the world - in 1961!
In Conclusion -
This is a flat-floor, welded-louver, Series 1 E-Type roadster - built in the Summer of 1961 - with a chassis number BELOW 500 - that is 100% numbers-matching and already confirmed with the Heritage Certificate - in the stunning and desirable original color combination of black/red - and is 99% complete, original, and currently RUNS!
Shipping -
Monocoque Metalworks has helped several enthusiasts ship E-Type projects overseas, and am experienced in the process... I would be happy to help you in this regard, including safe transportation to the shipping port in Elizabeth, NJ in an enclosed trailer for a modest fee.
For anyone who loves and appreciates the early cars, THIS is the one you have been waiting for - DON'T MISS IT!
Call to discuss if you like - (443) 907-2287 in the US - ask for Chuck
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