During its 13-year production run the E-Type went through countless changes, large and small, and although these changes were meant as improvements, there is no doubt that the early cars, with their dainty lines and snarling 3.8-litre engines, embody the purest spirit of Sir William Lyons’ original design intent to create a race car for the road. Significantly sportier than the later 4.2 versions and a world away from the soft and civilised Series Three V12 versions, the 3.8 has a savage simplicity that is highly prized by collectors today.
Early 3.8 litre Series 1 E Types have been steadily rising in value for several years, and at the moment Roadsters are leading the way. Most people agree they are the prettiest and these good looks combined with adequate power and handling mean the queue of would-be owners is still as long as the day it was launched.
The problem for most of us is our lemonade budgets just don’t cut when it comes to early E Types, but here for one lucky bidder is a unique opportunity.
According to its Heritage document it was built as a Fixed Head Coupe on 17th October 1962 in Opalescent Bronze with a red interior, and delivered to Henlys of London. It should be noted that the V5C has it as 1963. Little is known regarding its early life, but what we do know is that in the late 80s it was converted from a Fixed Head Coupe to a Roadster. It was then returned to the road in 1993, still with its original chassis number and original engine. Now resplendent in Dark Blue with a smart red interior it looks correct in every respect.
The Vendor purchased it in 2010, and has enjoyed the driving the car regularly, but the lack of family friendly seating means he reluctantly has to let it go. Bills showing regular maintenance at Peaslake Garage in Sussex, the last being form April 2017 for £981 when it had an MOT to add to the five old certificates on file. The current MOT is valid until May 2019.
Once you’ve looked at the photographs we think you will come to the same conclusion as us that this is a beautiful car in excellent condition.
All the performance, all the thrills, the gorgeous looks and envious glances make this a fantastic opportunity to purchase a 3.8 Series 1 E Type at a value which perfectly reflects its heritage.