When the time came for Jaguar to replace the ageing XK-150, which traced its roots back to 1948 with the XK-120, Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons relied again on his proven strategy of affordability combined with exotic looks and race-proven technology. Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer worked together to design the new car, which employed a semi-monocoque tub utilizing ingenious bolt-on front subframes to support the engine and independent front suspension, inspired by the Le Mans-winning D-Type. The featured the ingenious modular independent rear suspension with inboard brakes, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type also boasted such exotic tech as four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front suspension, and a 3.8 liter version of the XK’s twin-cam inline six pumping out a startling 265 horsepower; numbers one would expect from a car costing twice as much. The all-new E-Type first appeared to a stunned audience at the 1961 Geneva Auto Salon, earning praise from press, public and fellow automakers alike.
Along with its impressive mechanical spec, the gorgeous body was quite unlike anything that had been seen before. Beautiful and curvaceous yet with a sporty aggression, the E-Type was a smashing success from day one. Fascinatingly, co-designer Malcolm Sayer had no interest in designing a car based purely on aesthetics, rather, he was far more interested in aerodynamics and applying his experience with the D-Type toward a design that allowed form to follow function. Rather ironically, the E-Type turned out to be not terribly aerodynamically efficient, but became one of the most celebrated aesthetic designs of the 20th century. Thankfully, Jaguar gave it the performance to back up the looks and a well-driven E-type could easily hang with a contemporary Ferrari or Aston Martin, yet it cost a fraction of the price of those exotic machines. The Jaguar E-Type has gone on to become a perennial favorite among enthusiasts, and many collectors consider it a cornerstone of any grouping of significant cars.
This striking 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 OTS is an exquisite, fully restored and highly detailed example of the desirable first generation E-Type. This well-documented car is very correct and stunningly presented in its rare, original color combination. According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this car, S/N 879061, was delivered new in May of 1963 to G.W. Baltey of Littleton, Colorado. Subsequent documentation shows the car was purchased out of Colorado by David McFarland of Newcastle, Wyoming in 1973, who sold it to Blaine Hall, also of Wyoming, who owned it until 1982. The next owner, Mr. Scott Waggener of Provo, Utah began a restoration at some point, but then sold it as a partially completed project to Eugene Banks in 1996. While in the care of Mr. Banks, the E-Type received the care it deserved in the hands of experienced Jaguar restorers Lundquist Restorations in Utah. The subsequent restoration, which was completed in 2004, was highly detailed, very correct and done original specification. Today, this wonderful E-Type is presented in gorgeous condition, with excellent panel fit, paint quality and brightwork. The original Sand Beige color suits the E-type’s compound curves splendidly, and this car simply sparkles. The exterior is well detailed with correct fittings and hardware, chrome wire wheels with Vredestien Sprint Classic tires, and a rare US-spec front license plate bracket with a clever mechanism that folds the plate under as the bonnet is opened.
The cockpit of the 3.8 liter E-Type is distinguished by its racy fixed-back leather bucket seats and the perforated alloy trim that graces the dash and console. Restored back to factory specification, the tan leather now shows a light patina places but remains in very fine order overall. Correct materials are used throughout the cabin such as Wilton wool carpets, Hardura on the rear bulkhead, and correct vinyl on the sills and door cards. The attention to detail is obvious, as the car retains original-type seat belts, restored original instruments, original switchgear, and a lovely period correct radio. This car features a rare and desirable removable hard top, which has been restored to the same high standard as the rest of the car, as well as the soft top trimmed in black Stayfast canvas and a matching top boot.
Many enthusiasts prefer the 3.8 liter engine for its free-revving nature and sweeter feel. This car does not disappoint, spinning freely to redline, and emitting an intoxicating bark from the factory-correct exhaust and feeling solid and planted on the road. The inline-six is finely presented with highly polished cam covers, intake and carburetors, and correct gold painted cylinder head. Details such as the porcelain exhaust manifolds remain in excellent condition, correctly fitted with brass nuts as original. Factory correct wiring, fittings and hardware round out the wonderful under-bonnet presentation. According to the documents, this car retains its original, matching numbers engine block, cylinder head, and frame rails. The sale includes a comprehensive history file, the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, as well as a factory tool kit and jack in the original pouches.
Finely restored to a high standard and immensely collectible, this superb Jaguar E-Type 3.8 OTS is equally at home on the road or the show field, a fine example ready for touring, rallies or JCNA events.
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