Vehicle Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Open Roads, Fall event, 11 - 20 November 2020.
Estimate:
$175,000 - $225,000

  • Desirable, highly collectible early E-Type with flat floors and welded bonnet louvers
  • One of 680 flat-floor fixed head coupes produced
  • Numbers-matching engine and cylinder head per accompanying JDHT certificate
  • Recently restored; finished in originally specified colors of Cream (Old English White) over a Black interior
  • Accompanied by tool roll, Shelley jack, spare wheel and tire, and documentation of restoration


An instant sensation upon its debut in March 1961, the Jaguar E-Type enjoyed a lengthy production run; the model saw many aesthetic and mechanical changes, some minor, and others quite significant, before it was retired in 1975. Though all are appreciated today, the early Series 1 E-Types are particularly prized by connoisseurs as the purest incarnations of designer Malcom Sayer's timeless sports car vision.

This left-hand drive E-Type is one such early car. Completed on 16 December 1961, chassis number 885325 was distributed to a Mr. A. S. Anderson via Jaguar Cars, New York, USA in early 1962. One of 680 flat-floor fixed head coupes built, it also features louvers welded, rather than stamped, into the bonnet-another indicator of early production.

According to the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, the car retains is numbers-matching 3.8-liter inline-six engine and cylinder head, and it is fitted with the proper four-speed Moss transmission.

Befitting a car of this rarity and appeal, chassis 885325 was recently subjected to a total restoration in the U.K. and is said to have cost the equivalent of roughly $165,000. At this time, it was finished in its factory-specified colors of Cream (Old English White) over a Black interior. Presenting in stunning condition throughout, this E-Type gives the modern onlooker a strong impression of how it must have appeared to its fortunate first owner nearly six decades ago.

Offered with a tool roll, copper mallet, Shelley jack, and spare wheel and tire, the car is also accompanied by invoices and photographs of its restoration-in total, 100-plus photos in three A4 files. Having seen minimal use since work was completed, this early E-Type fixed head coupe is an ideal candidate for display or driving enjoyment.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0620.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1415632
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1961
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:E-Type
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:1001154
  • VIN:885325