1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Flat-Floor Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

This rare early E-type left the factory in November 1961 finished in Gunmetal metallic with red trim.

Its late owner purchased the car from The E-type Centre, Chilcote, Staffordshire, in November 2002 (purchase receipt on file). Previously registered EMM 8, the car had been fully restored by The E-Type Centre immediately prior to delivery, as evidenced by their accompanying photographic record (perusal recommended). A bare-metal respray was carried out as part of the restoration and the following upgrades were fitted: Kenlowe cooling fan, electronic ignition, Coopercraft 4-pot brake calipers with Kevlar pads, stainless-steel exhaust, Thatcham Category 1 alarm, Polybushes front and rear, halogen headlamps, door mirrors, chromed wire wheels, alternator conversion, and a Series 2 brake servo conversion (detailed invoice on file).

Following the completion of the restoration, the E-type was used sparingly and for most of the past 16 years has been kept inside a Carcoon when not in use.

Paul Hardiman

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Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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