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1961 Jaguar E-Type

SI 3.8 Flat Floor Coupe
RM Auctions Online Only Open Roads Fall
Wednesday, 11 November - Friday, 20 November 2020
$160,000
Not sold at a high bid of
Yes
Reserve
2008
Lot Number
#2+
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 885325; Engine No. R32609. Cream over black leather. 3781-cc, 265hp, 4-speed Moss manual, welded bonnet louvers, jack, tool roll, spare. Comes with JDHT Certificate.

Evaluation: Early car, built in December 1961. One of 680 flat-floor coupes. Matching numbers engine. Recently restored in the U.K. with about $165,000 worth of documented work. High-quality recent paint. Even panel fit. Beautiful interior showing no use. The engine bay and underbody look just as clean. No apparent stories with this fresh, gorgeous early E-Type. Located in the U.K.

Bottom Line: A nicely done fresh restoration, matching numbers, welded louvers, and an early build date makes for a special E-Type. But there just wasn’t a frenzy for this one. The fact that it was located in the U.K. yet is left-hand drive might have made it less appealing to both American and British bidders. Considering those handicaps, the high bid of 160 grand should not have been far off from taking the car home.

by Andrew Newton
8 December 2020
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe engine
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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