joi, 31 martie 2016

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 1962 - World Of Classic Cars -

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 1962

Jaguar had enjoyed great success with its XK series of sports cars, but the E-Type was not, as might have been expected, a continuation of the XK150. Instead, the XKE (as it was dubbed in the U.S.) was based largely upon a pair of prototype racing cars, E1A and E2A, which themselves borrowed heavily from the very successful monocoque-bodied D-Type racing chassis. Following earlier precedent, there would be two versions of the new E-Type, an open two-seater, or roadster, and a fixed head coupe, both with sleek and curvaceous bodies designed by Malcolm Sayer, a pioneer in automotive aerodynamics.
Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 1962

Under the E-Type’s broad front-hinged bonnet was essentially the same 3.8-liter twin-cam inline six as in its predecessors, producing 265 brake horsepower. The gearbox was a four-speed manual without synchronization on the first gear (known as the “Moss” box). Suspension, though, was thoroughly modern—independent all around. There were powerful four-wheel disc brakes, inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight. Performance was astonishing, especially for its price. The E-Type had real 150-mph capability.
The car shown here, chassis number 876520, was delivered new to G.P. Edgar of New York. It reportedly enjoyed dry indoor care for 32 years. In previous ownership, the car received an extensive overhaul by the renowned marque specialist Richard Jenkins. This work included a rebuild of the original engine, retaining the original pistons; the valves and cylinder heads were updated to allow the use of unleaded fuel. The original gearbox was removed and rebuilt, and a new wiring harness was installed as well.
Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 1962

Refinished in stunning Opalescent Bronze, the car also features a black top and interior.. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in all of the work completed on this remarkably early example.