Jaguar Series 1 E-Type Roadster

When launched in 1961, the appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world. So highly regarded were its' inherent rightness of proportion, stance, and purity of line, it was installed as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It remains in their permanent collection to this day.

The iconic E-Type set new standards in automotive design and performance when it was introduced in 1961. Its' influence is still apparent in Jaguar’s modern range: cars that offer a peerless blend of performance, comfort, cutting-edge technology and award-winning design.

At launch the E-Type cost $5595 for the Roadster or "OTS" (Open two-seater) and $5895 for the Coupe or "FHC" (Fixed head coupe) this included standard wire wheels. Adjusted for inflation in 2011 dollars, the E-type would cost about $41,000 for the roadster and $43,000 for the coupe.

The E-Type’s perfectly proportioned bodywork was the work of Malcolm Sayer, an aeronautical engineer by training who also applied his aerodynamic expertise in shaping the earlier Le Mans-winning C and D-Type racers.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

265 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Aaron Summerfield

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