|3.8 Jaguar E-Type||Opalescent Gunmetal|
|Fixed Head Coupe||Red|
|Right Hand Drive|
|Henlys Limited, London|
|18 December 1961|
|23 November 1961||Great Britain|
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2007-07-19 16:52:51 | pauls writes:
Car was at auction in '04
Jaguar announced their production E Type in March 1961. The new car had a monocoque chassis with aerodynamic body panels and headlamps faired-in to the wings of either an open 2-seater or fixed head coupe. The familiar XK-based 3.8-litre 265bhp six powered both versions had disc brakes and independent suspension all round, a novelty for Jaguar. Even more attractive to potential buyers - not to mention the Coventry firm's competitors - was the E Type's 150mph top speed and for less than £2100, too, compared to the rival Aston Martin DB4, which, though capable of similar performance, cost £3755! In only slightly modified form, the early E Type proved to be a sensation on the track in production sportscar races and, soon, specially constructed lightweight versions were competing for overall honours in major international events - Briggs Cunningham and Roy Salvadori drove an E Type to a highly creditable fourth overall at Le Mans in 1962. We are delighted to be auctioning a very special E Type, the 51st chassis no less, one of the just 26 original demonstrators that were produced in July 1961 by the Browns Lane factory in Coventry for each Jaguar dealer. Since then, however, the 3.8-litre roadster has been fully restored in the style of a 'Lightweight' competition E with £25,000 recently invested on enhancing upgrades. As presented today, 475 TOD would be ideal not only for comfortable road work, but also for occasional rally entries, although a new owner always has the option of being able to develop the car even further for more serious competition eventing. Even in its present state, however, it is most unlikely that the current specification of this car could be bettered. The attention to details that matter really is most impressive. Serious suitors are advised to clock the following...Le Mans front sill darts, Perspex headlamp covers, lightweight E style bootlid and external catch, period correct Dunlop pattern alloy wheels secured by 3-eared 42mm wheel spinners on peg-drive hubs with new wheel bearings, billet aluminium steering mounts, uprated anti-roll bar and bushes, Leda externally adjustable shock absorbers front and rear, fully overhauled and refinished rear suspension unit, AP cross-drilled 315mm brake discs and alloy calipers, modified and uprated late-type rear brake calipers, new brake and clutch master cylinders, stainless steel braided flexible brake hoses, high power brake servos for the twin system, high specification aluminium radiator conversion, uprated cooling fan, lightweight aluminium header tank, 45DCOE Weber carbs on correct manifolds, modern uprated electric fuel pump conversion, lightweight modern starter conversion, high spec charging system with conversion to alternator, electronic ignition, comp spec plug leads, halogen headlamp conversion, battery isolator, custom-made tubular exhaust manifolds, big-bore exhaust system in stainless steel and 4-point competition harnesses. Bodywork, opalescent silver grey paintwork, interior trimmed in black, 3786cc 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed manual gearbox are reportedly all in excellent condition and the MOT is current until next February. If you are looking for the ultimate E Type, then look no further than this quite exceptional early example.
2009-05-23 11:40:47 | Dave Grosse writes:
475TOD is an age-related re-registration, not the original. (240TOD was the last reversed registration issued by Devon CC in June 1964).
2009-11-06 11:07:36 | pauls writes:
Car currently offered at:
JAGUAR ETYPE S1 ROADTER LIGHTWEIGHT 3.8, THIS CAR IS FINISHED IN SILVER WITH BLACK LEATHER AND IS READY FOR ROAD OR RACE AND HAS JUST BEEN SERVICED AT THE JIM STOKES WORKSHOPS, THIS CAR IS ALSO UNDERGOING APLICATION FOR HTP PAPERS (HISTORUC RACE PAPERS) AND IS A DREAM.
2011-09-02 10:24:41 | Robin writes:
I owned this car in 1971 - before it was converted to a lightweight for Eddie Irvine the F1 driver - it has been to Greece with me on a ship, and I sold it on in Blackburn, Lancs in about 1973
2013-01-19 09:27:19 | Anonymous writes:
Note to site editor: this car is wrongly listed here. It is already listed under its correct chassis number 850051, since it is an OTS car.
The real 860051 is for sale in January 2013 at Nick Whale cars UK.
Priced at £79,950 - see www.nickwhalesportscarsdirect.co.uk/jaguar-e-type-series-1-fhc-3-8-litre-flat-fl ... has lots of pictures.
Manufactered November 1961,
Chassis Number 51,
Original Right Hand Drive,
1 Private Registered Keeper,
Full Bare Metal Respray.
Jaguar Heritage Certificate,
When introduced to the UK market in July '61 who was to know that a true legend had been born? The first clue came from Enzo Ferrari who called it at the time - 'the most beautiful car ever made'.
More recently in March 2008, the E-Type was named by the Daily Telegraph as the winner of the 100 most beautiful cars in the world. Coventry based Jaguar were to go on to produce over 70,000 derivatives of the car before production finally ceased in 1974.
The most collectable and valuable of all Jaguar E-Type's ever built were the first 100 coupes and roadsters, which were all made with unique features and mostly hand assembled. They were known as the 'flat floors' and were in effect pre-production cars whilst the factory were busy signing up long term supplier deals with their preferred long term partners for the individual components.
Our matching numbers car is exactly that, chassis number 51, being the 51st Coupe built at Coventry with a date of manufacture of 23 November 1961and a date of first registration of 1st January 1962. With some unique features, typical of early cars, and with the all original interior, it has just been repainted externally in its original colour of Opalescent Grey and now looks truly stunning from the outside. Sitting on the correct early cross ply tyres (Dunlop R5's) and wire wheels, the trim is very original. It has a recently rebuilt original matching numbers Moss gearbox, the original trim - including the steering wheel and dashboard, and only one private registered keeper recorded on the log book since new.
It drives exceptionally well with a strong power delivery and no smoke on start up, power on or power lift off. It ticks over beautifully and wants to be driven. Behind the wheel this car feels every inch the part. An amazing and rare 51 year old motor car that is truly collectable and can only grow in value with every passing year. Surely one for the serious collector or Jaguar connoisseur.
2013-05-11 04:09:06 | Anonymous writes:
This car is for sale by Silverstone Auctions on 17th May 2013 at The Wing, Silverstone Circuit.
Registration: 357 NME
Chassis Number: 860051
Engine Number: R2791.9
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 80,000
Since Jaguar launched the phenomenal E-Type in July 1961 to great acclaim, the early pre-production cars or 'flat floors' as they were known, have since become highly desirable and are now regarded as the most collectable, and potentially most valuable, of all E-Types ever built.
Rarely do they come to market, and even more rarely are they seen in the exceptional and highly original condition as the one offered here today. Built as an original right hand drive UK car in November 1961, and first registered in Jan 1962, this car is finished in its original colour scheme of Opalescent Silver with red leather upholstery. The car has 'matching numbers' and thus retains the original engine and correct Moss gearbox with which it left Coventry in Jan 1962. The trim retains all the original features, dashboard and seats, as well as the original steering wheel and instruments.
The car drives very well and the engine is smooth, (we drove it in April 2013) with no smoke on start-up and it has benefitted from regular maintenance and upkeep. It was part restored in 2012 with a complete external re-paint at a cost of over £14,000 by recognised Midland experts, PL Carbodies (bill available for inspection in history file). The interior is unrestored, but highly original. Externally the chrome work needs restoring to match the excellent finish of the paintwork, but otherwise the car is ready to enjoy driving this summer. Unusually the car's V5C shows just one registered keeper from new, although the original buff log book is missing, so this cannot be proved for certain.
It represents an amazing and extremely rare chance today to acquire an important piece of Jaguar history that can only gain in value as the legend of the E-Type continues to grow in stature.
2013-05-24 06:17:27 | pauls writes:
URL for above auction:
Car went unsold.
2014-03-10 11:14:48 | Mr.S.Whiting writes:
I can confirm that the FHC described and pictured is the real chassis '51 as I was personally involved in its restoration during the 1980's and its subsequent recomissioning from around 2003 till its sale at auction.CKL Developments did a lot of mechanical work on this car and noted some unusual/early features.
2014-12-29 16:35:12 | David Johnston writes:
Lovely EXTERIOR paint job on this difficult colour. Would have been a good idea to remove the engine first though! Shame that's the best bit by a country mile! Rest of car needs attention.
2017-10-04 15:08:19 | Anonymous writes:
It's a shame so many cars have their seat fitted the wrong way round after a refurbishment...
Please could the owner swap them back...
2019-08-09 15:44:02 | Mark writes:
To the current owner of this car, I am interested in purchasing it.