1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8L Roadster
Chassis No. 875423
Engine No. R 1555-9 (Matching Numbers)
Gearbox No. EB 678 JS (Matching Numbers)
Stunning Restoration to Original Livery Cotswold Blue over Dark
Numbers-Matching Engine & Head per Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Early-Production Model, Desirably Equipped with Welded Louvers &
Long Time Collector Owned "California Car"
Records and History File Date from 1984-2020
2021 Inspection, Detailing & Scheduled Service Performed
Exhibited at the Quail Motorsports Gathering and Niello Concours at
Accompanied by Concours Complete Tool Kit, Jack in Pouch, Owner's
Manual, Spare Tire Assembly, Thor Hammer & Boot Cover
875423 was completed on August 29, 1961 in Cotswold Blue with a
Blue soft top, over Dark Blue leather upholstery. The LHD open
two-seater was dispatched on September 15, 1961 through Jaguar
Cars, New York - making its way to its first owner Earl Tharalson
of Palm Desert, California. As confirmed by Jaguar Daimler Heritage
During the first year of production, numerous running changes were
made to the E-Type blueprint, and this early-production model
retains the desirable welded louvers and flat floors synonymous
with those cars. 875423 was constructed just after the inside
bonnet latch transition and features a unique fitment of outside
bonnet latch retaining screws on the inner top sills where the
prior latch catches were mounted. This is a documented occurrence
on the very early succeeding cars.
A number of records form the mid-1980's - onward, document frequent
services and regular upkeep. Photographs from that period accompany
as well. Mr. Shield of El Dorado Hills, California acquired the
Roadster 2001, showing just under 55,000 miles with a commissioned
restoration already underway. The engine had been freshly rebuilt
and was inspected to verify the quality of the work. Over a period
of years, the work progressed, component by component.
The respected Sherm's Custom Plating of Sacramento provided the
show-quality brightwork, Sufolk & Turley in the UK provided the
leather interior, and Classic Jaguar of Austin rebuilt the Jaguar's
inboard-brake rear-axle assembly. Dave Ferguson's Images Auto Body
of Campbell, California, prepared the bodywork and returned it to
its original and elegant Cotswold Blue and oversaw the roadster's
final assembly. At every stage, special care was taken to complete
the restoration as authentically as possible. NOS fasteners were
sourced and installed while proper plating and coatings were
applied throughout the car. The result remains truly
Following the restoration, this lovely Cotswold Blue E-Type was
given pride of place at the entrance of The Quail Motorsports
Gathering in August 2014, and presented as an ambassador for its
model in October, 2014 at the Niello Concours at Serrano in El
Dorado Hills, California.
Validating its extraordinary combination of fit, finish, and
livery, 875423 recently resided amongst a notable Midwest
collection with regular upkeep and occasional use. Today with
56,275 recorded miles, the XKE presents well enough for continued
concours display, Jaguar Club events, and spirited vintage touring.
A 2021 inspection and scheduled service also included a tune-up and
new period style 6.40-15 Champion Deluxe tires with Michelin tubes
for excellent continued drivability.
In addition to the JDHT Certificate and Record Dossier, 875423 is
supported by a complete and concours worthy Tool Kit, Jack in
Pouch, Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook, Thor Hammer,
and matching Boot Cover for open-air motoring.
A remarkable Series I 3.8L Roadster, expertly finished in its
breathtaking factory livery (Cotswold Blue only offered in
1961-1964), this Jaguar E-Type offers a world of opportunities to
its next caretaker - available now for worldwide purchase and
delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.
Ownership History / Provenance
Earl Tharalson, Palm Desert, California (acquired new in 1961)
Eric Tharalson, West Covina, California (acquired from the above in
Mr. Wagner, San Francisco, California (acquired via Fantasy
Junction in August 1987)
Mr. Poletz, San Francisco, California
Mr. Geertz, Rocklin, California
Mr. Shield, El Dorado Hills, California (acquired from the above in
Mr. Overstreet, St. Louis, Missouri (acquired from the above via
Gooding & Co. January 2015)
2021 Owned by DriverSource
*Note, vehicle titled as a 1962.
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