1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8

Highlights

£185,000

  • Car prepared by E-Type UK
  • UK Right-Hand Drive
  • Matching Numbers
  • Uprated and Restored Example

MORE ABOUT THIS CLASSIC...

A true enthusiast’s dream show car, restored and beautifully maintained by the best in the business, well-known and featured across countless prestigious concour over the years. With full matching numbers, finished in factory correct colours and highly useable specification, this early 3.8, UK right-hand drive coupe, awaits its next chapter.

Built-in November 1962, the first registered owner was A.F.C Pycroft, a renowned racing driver who lived in Anglesey, with an exotic collection of sports cars but was most notably known as the winner of the first Goodwood circuit race meet that took place on 18th September 1948. A.F.C Pycroft took first place in his 2,664 cc Pycroft-Jaguar, thus kicking off the iconic home of racing for both two and four-wheeled motorsports in the UK.

Originally leaving the factory in Opalescent Dark Blue with Red trim, this UK Coupe, is understood to be one of 76 special-ordered cars supplied with a close ratio gearbox (confirmed by JDHT), a sporty extra perfect for a UK racing icon of the time.

Accompanying the E-type is a re-issued buff logbook from 1974, the logbook outlines the owner at the time as Mr. Giles of Weston-Super-Mare. The document highlights a further two more owners in the space of 12 months, before landing into ownership with a Mr. Pendleton of Somerset. Pendleton became the longest-record owner of this beautiful 3.8 Coupe for just short of 40 years!

During his ownership the E-type was regularly used, completing numerous classic car rallies, which notably include a trip to Cote d’Azur in 1984. Following the Pendleton’s return the E-type was given to a local restorer to replace and fit new wheel arches, and sills and to paint the car in a popular colour of the time – British Racing Green. Alongside the bodywork, the E-type was treated to an engine overhaul, replacing pistons, timing chain, etc. To finish off this work the E-type was fitted with some performance specification items such as a sports exhaust, uprated brakes, new radiator and a high torque starter.

In 1996 the E-type was put into storage during a house move, unfortunately, the E-type remained in storage until its sale via auction in 2014, purchased by the current owner who had big plans for the forgotten classic.

As a result of nearly 20 years of storage, the E-type was in need of restoration work, the new owner, seeing the potential, decided to action a full nut and bolt restoration, leaving no stone unturned to return this UK classic to its former glory.

From the auction, the E-type was delivered directly to a recognised UK premium restorer of classic 1960s sports cars based in Hampshire. Upon arrival to the workshop, the E-type was stripped, blasted, and ready to be its milestone transformation example presented today.

With the paint removed it was clear 20 years of unattended storage had taken its toll, requiring replacement and fabrication of the following notable panels:

  • New bonnet
  • Front bulkhead
  • Inner and outer sills
  • Front and rear floor plans
  • Outer rear arches
  • Countless other sections

 

The E-type was purchased and arrived at the workshop for restoration fitted with a full-length Webasto sunroof. Believed to have been from new, the new owner was not a fan and had originality in mind for this restoration, therefore, the sunroof was filled and welded with a new panel to bring back those classic coupe lines synonymous with the early Jaguar E-types.

The restoration progressed seeing the E-type professional filled and painted in a factory-correct colour scheme of Opalescent Dark Blue and later paired with a luscious Red interior. The original 3.8 engine was fully rebuilt and treated with a rear lip seal conversion and uprated flywheel. The same attention was given to refurbishing the original close ration gearbox to retain the desirable heritage of this rare 3.8 Coupe.

Completing its restoration in 2018, some highlights of the process include:

  • Electronic ignition
  • High torque starter
  • Sports ignition coil
  • Quick-release steering wheel
  • USB & AUX connectivity

 

Since its restoration, the E-type has been a regular sight across countless prestigious and well-known classic car events from Goodwood Member Meeting, Hampton Court, Warren Classic, Bicester Heritage, London Concour and many more. Prior to every show season, the car visited well-known industry specialists E-Type UK for maintenance and preparation, ensuring the E-type was at its best for the world stage.

The E-type has even been popular with the press having been featured multiple times throughout and even the front cover of classic car author, Malcolm McKay’s 2021 Original Jaguar E-type – Restorers Guide. Referenced regularly across the guide for its fabulous 3.8 E-type originality.

Presented today in fantastic condition inside and out. An ideal example for either a perfectly kept concour lawn or to be driven and enjoyed across the stunning Kentish countryside. The Opalescent Dark Blue paired with its exceptionally kept Red interior, offers a heritage-correct appearance, and combined with fully restored mechanicals, the Coupe is a reliable classic presented in mostly original condition. The E-type is accompanied by a significant history file, one photographic restoration book, and another press/event book.

Prepared by E-Type UK and offered by DM Historics, the E-type is available for immediate viewing and should you wish to see more from this example, you can enquire today on +44 (0) 1732 440 494 or email sales@dmhistorics.com.

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