The pristine paintwork of this jaguar e type 1961 stands out in stark contrast to the snowy backdrop, highlighting every curve and detail of this legendary car. This pristine roadster has captivated car enthusiasts for decades with its sophisticated design, promising an exhilarating driving experience like no other. Artist Simon Clay perfectly captures the beauty of this iconic vehicle in a timeless portrayal that takes you back to a time when craftsmanship and elegance were paramount in automotive manufacturing.
Unveiled in March of 1961, the Jaguar E-Type (known as XKE or XKR in the US) was an immediate success with its sensual lines and 265bhp 3.8-liter straight six. The Series 1 roadster and fixed-head coupe could be had for about the same price as a Porsche 911 or Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, yet they offered more than twice the power.
1961 Jaguar E-Type: The Quintessential Sports Car of its Era
Unlike the aluminum prototypes, the steel production cars were fitted with independent rear suspension and Jaguar’s typically brilliant engineering that allowed for a compliant ride and roll-free handling. The rear suspension was developed by Bob Knight using lower wishbones and half-shafts that attached to the front bulkhead of the monocoque body, while a new independent front suspension used the same specialized system as the D-Type racer.
This particular Jaguar is a rare and desirable Series 1 flat floor 3.8 OTS, with welded louvers, covered head lamps, and Moss non-synchromesh four-speed transmission. According to an accompanying Heritage Trust certificate, this beautiful open two-seater was produced on 11 October of 1961 and finished in Cream over light blue leather with a blue top. It was originally delivered to Antonin Besse & Co in Aden, Yemen.