|3.8 Jaguar E-Type|
|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
|Brysons, Sydney, Australia|
|28 July 1961|
|New South Wales|
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2004-01-22 12:28:20 | pauls writes:
Info gathered with permission from:
This car was reported in another register in September of 1988. It was reported to have been sold new in Australia, and to be located in N.S.W.
2005-04-20 09:01:24 | pauls writes:
Reference to this car was found on the web at:
1961 Roadster, Chassis number 850085. One of only 81 of the first very early spec (flat floor & external bonnet lock) RHD roadsters which left the factory. Cream, red leather. First E to be allocated new to Bryson's Sydney as their launch car. Featured in Modern Motor magazine. Concours winning, painstaking detailed restoration with superb mechanicals. Extremely rare & desirable. (CMW583).
2005-08-31 18:48:39 | pauls writes:
Car was found for sale on the web 8/31/05
Classified Ad Number: 1243 Posted on: 19 Aug 2005 Expires: 20 Nov 2005
Email: Victor Waterhouse
Location: Sydney, NSW
FOR SALE: The most significant E-type Roadster in Australia
850085 is one of the extremely rare, original production specification RHD E-type roadsters (81 left Browns Lane).
Despatched 27th of July 1961 to Brysons as the Sydney launch car, also the very first E-type sold in Australia.
Almost three decades later, a painstakingly accurate restoration (few early cars retain so many original parts) earned State and National Concours d’Elegance wins.
The provenance is impeccable and as well as a comprehensive history file, comes complete with original registration number (CMW583), tools, jack, literature - even an original Bryson key ring. Included will also be the original road tests and unpublished photographs.
Meticulously maintained by renowned Jaguar expert Graeme Lord, she is one of the finest examples anywhere in the world today and, undoubtedly, the most significant E-type roadster in Australia.
2005-09-09 18:26:31 | pauls writes:
Car found for sale on the web 9/9/05
Sellers description same as above with the following:
Model E TYPE
Series SERIES 1 3.8
Body type roadster
Pricing Notes POA
Reference Code CW1083-CMW583
Stock Number CMW583
Engine No. 3.8 LTR
Registration No. CMW583
2005-10-12 21:20:51 | pauls writes:
Car is offered for sale at:
Same description as above.
2009-07-01 06:51:25 | Denis Weily writes:
I purchased the vehicle in Nov 2005, a magnificent restoration, it made its first publc appearance for quite some time at the Tasmanian Jag National Concours, Easter 2009, but was not entered in the concours, but was awarded the Ian Cummins National Trophy for the best presented car not in the concours event. The car now resides in Williamstown in Victoria Australia..... cheers Denis
2017-08-06 00:17:53 | John Elmgreen writes:
This car was sold new through Brysons in Sydney, Australia, having been despatched from the works on 28 July 1961, the same date as 850086 was despatched to Brysons in Melbourne. 850085 was sold new to the Sydney motor mower company Victa Limited, when Gary Richardson traded in his XK150 S DHC (T827360DN) on the E Type. These were the first two E Types sold new in Australia. See "The Jaguar XK in Australia", page 21.
2023-04-15 21:19:54 | Reno writes:
now on Auction at Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
Lot Location: Melbourne
Reserve Status: Reserve
Chassis Number: 850085
Engine Number: R13519
Engine Type: Petrol 3.8ltr
Body Work: Roadster
1961 Jaguar E Type roadster - first E Type delivered to Australia
2023-05-07 11:19:45 | pauls writes:
At auction 5/23
Starts 23rd May, 2023 10:00
Ending 30th May, 2023 0:00:00
2023 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster
Ultra-rare flat-floor, external bonnet catch specification
One of just 81 built
First E-type sold in Australia!
Our vendor describes this 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster as “undoubtedly the most significant E-type in Australia”, and it’s hard to argue with that. This is the first E-type ever sold in this country, and one of just 81 built to the original production specification. What’s more it has impeccable provenance and has been superbly restored to a painstaking level of accuracy. This E-type’s story began with its production at the Jaguar works on 28 July 1961, built with the flat floor and external bonnet catch of all early specification cars which are so sought after by serious collectors today. Arriving at Bryson Industries (Sydney), it was used as the Sydney launch car, before being sold to first owner Gary Richardson of Victa Lawnmowers, who traded in his Jaguar XK150 S drophead. It also became the first E-type to be road tested in Australia, by the late (& legendary) David McKay for Modern Motor magazine. Subsequently, this E-type passed through seven other owners, along the way twice being repainted red from its original cream, and at one stage bronze. These owners included Sydney car dealer Reg Phillips and Victor Waterhouse, who had the E-type restored twice, before our vendor took ownership in December 2006. By then this Series 1 roadster was back in its original cream over red leather, with a black soft top and chrome wire wheels. It had had a ground-up restoration which was as accurate as humanly possible – few early cars retain so many original parts – no doubt at immense expense, and it presented superbly when coming into the vendor’s ownership, as it still does today. Little wonder then that it won Ian Cummins Best Presented trophy at the 2010 National Jaguar Rally in Tasmania, along with various state and national Concours D-Elegance titles, and was twice shown at Motorclassica. The Series 1 roadster’s Project ZP537/24 engine was also rebuilt by Adriatic Motors in 2011. Now indicating 12,441 miles (at the time of cataloguing) and meticulously maintained by Jaguar expert Graeme Lord, this very special E-type is being offered complete with original tools, jack, literature and even the original Bryson keyring. Superb, significant, authentic and highly collectible on the world market, this 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster is the undoubted star of our May Auction. Previously on Victorian club registration, the 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster is being offered for sale here unregistered.
2023-06-02 17:32:12 | Anonymous writes:
Car was offered at Shannons auction ending 30 May 2023 with an estimated value of AU$450,000 to AU$550,000, but did not attract any bids.