2017 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates

1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Series 1 Coupe

$80,000 - $100,000

No Reserve


Engine In-line six-cylinder, 3800cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual with overdrive
Engine No. R6698-9
Chassis No. 860763
Body Work Coupe
Colour Red
Interior Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire-spoked
Brakes Discs

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A unique blend of speed, style and sex appeal, Jaguar’s E-type created a sensation when it was first unveiled to the public at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Malcolm Sayer’s stunning shape worked equally as well in roadster or fixed-head guises but the E-type was not just a pretty face – under that long bonnet the race-bred 3.8-litre XK engine developed 265 horsepower, pushing the new Jaguar to speeds hitherto achieved only by Italian exotics costing much more. Indeed, no other manufacturer could match Jaguar’s ability to offer genuine 150 mph performance at such an affordable price. Living up to the old saying that racing improves the breed, the E-type’s monocoque construction method was developed from the legendary D-type racers, while the new independent rear suspension set-up had been trialled on the experimental E2A racer. Disc brakes, a feature found on racing Jaguars for a number of years, were fitted all round – inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight. The DOHC in-line six had triple SU HD8 carburettors, a 9.0:1 compression ratio, developed 265 bhp at 5500 rpm and, just as importantly, 260 lb/ft of torque at 4000 rpm to give the E-type great flexibility. Jaguar built 7,663 E-type 3.8-litre coupes, of which only 1,798 were specified with right-hand drive and these early cars retain a purity – both in the styling and driving experience – that became increasingly diluted on later versions. Today collectors recognise the importance of the original 3.8s and they are now the most sought after of all E-types, with values climbing steadily in recent years.


  • Desirable Series 1 E-type FHC
  • Factory RHD in original colours
  • Offered from long-term family ownership
  • No reserve
This desirable 3.8-litre E-type is the 763rd right-hand drive FHC left the Browns Lane factory in Coventry on the 13th of August, 1962, finished in the same colour combination it wears today – red with matching upholstery. According to a letter supplied by Jaguar to the vendor’s father many years ago, the E-type was first sold through Scottish retailer Messrs Rossleigh Ltd of Edinburgh and initially wore the plates ‘957 LUB’. The name of the original owner and subsequent UK history have yet to be fully researched, but we do know the Jaguar left Southampton bound for Australia in mid-1974, arriving in Sydney on October 30 on the SS Himalaya in what proved to be her final voyage before being scrapped. The E-type had been purchased by the vendor’s father from a contact in the Fleet Air Arm and remained in his care before passing to his son, meaning it has spent a remarkable 42 years in the same family. The Jaguar was repainted in 1977 using enamel paint and more recently, the interior has undergone some minor repair work, with new seat backs fitted. The E-type is in presentable cosmetic condition considering it has never been restored as such, free of any major modifications, the interior nicely preserved with a lovely patina of age.  Registered in NSW until 2006 (and now on club plates), the car does run and appears to be in reasonable mechanical order, although it has been stored for some time and will require a certain amount of recommissioning. The numbers on the engine block and head correspond to those on the data plate. The late owner’s son is now selling the car due to a lack of use and other projects, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a very desirable early E-type Jaguar at No Reserve, with a factory service manual included in the sale.  The Jaguar will be sold unregistered.
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