Lot #1256.1 - Everything Jaguar had learned about Sports Cars during its legendary five victories at the LeMans went into the E-type. In March 1961, the E-type was officially introduced to the world at the Geneva Switzerland Motor Show and dreaded rave reviews with the arrival of the new models in the US was no doubt received by the American Manufactures. At the New York International Auto Show in April 1961, to say the E-type models were the show sensations would be a gross understatement. The E-type was an immediate hit. 6 were sold within 30 minutes of the show's opening. Its design was created by an aerodynamic engineer named Malcolm Sayer. The front engine, rear wheel drive vehicle featured a monocoque body and tubular front chassis. The 6 cylinder double-cam engine had three SU carburetors and produced 265hp. The suspension was independent and disc brakes on all 4 wheels were standard. It was not only fast, it offered excellent performance and handling. The "Daily Telegraph" listed it first in the list of "100 Most Beautiful Cars" of all time. "Sports Car International" magazine placed the E-type at Number 1 on their list of "Top Sport Cars of the 1960's". When released, even Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car ever made. The E-type is also one of the few cars that has reached the status of owning spots in both the Smithsonian Institution and New York's Museum of Modern Art. An ideal driving candidate, this car has recently been refreshed to the highest standards and is ready to enjoy. This 1962 Jaguar received a complete rotisserie nut and bolt restoration by Jaguar perfectionists. Its restoration was meticulous and back to specs and completely documented with a complete photo album of its restoration. It has had only two owners over 40 years. It is finished in the most beautiful and desirable of colors of red with tan interior and a black top. It also has real original Jaguar knock-off spoke wheels and original tool kit. A beautiful piece of art and automotive history that adds conversation to any collection.
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