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1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

  • Highly desirable, low production ‘flat floor’ example
  • Accompanied by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate
  • Known ownership history from new
  • Extensively documented restoration and service history

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Debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961, the E-Type, or XKE as marketed in the United States, caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and a 150-mph top speed. The sleek design was inspired by the D-Type - a monocoque tub forming the main structure, while a tubular spaceframe extended forward to support the engine. The 3.8-litre E-Type's performance did not disappoint; it weighed in around 500 pounds less than the XK150 and aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used the experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace an automobile.

Today, the E-Type's graceful lines have become iconic and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would be featured in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time. Indeed, even Enzo Ferrari felt compelled to concede that the E-Type was “the most beautiful car ever made”. But of all the versions of Jaguar's long-lived and much-loved sports car, it is the very early 'flat floor' 3.8-litre car built prior to February 1962, which is widely considered the most desirable.

This Series I XKE is the highly desirable late production “flat floor” car that is more commonly associated with the 1961 model year cars. According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT) Certificate that accompanies the car, this sleek 1962 XKE was delivered new to R.O. Campbell in January of 1962 by the Jaguar Cars dealer in Long Island, New York. The original owner retained the car for four decades, accumulating 83,000 miles during his ownership. Subsequently, Dr. Steve Morrison acquired the XKE, liberating it from many years of dry storage. In 2003, Dr. Morrison commissioned noted vintage Jaguar specialist Terry Lippincott’s Garage in Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania to conduct a comprehensive mechanical restoration in order to get the Jaguar back on the road once again. Restoration work included a complete rebuild of the engine, clutch, carburetors and more. The work was performed between 2002 and 2014 and is extensively documented with detailed notes and receipts. Dr. Morrison enjoyed the car, having driven it approximately 4,000 miles during his eleven years of stewardship with the XKE.

In 2014, the Jaguar was acquired by its current owner and brought to Florida. The highly original car was still in superb mechanical condition; however, it was in need of some paint and minor body work. In 2018, the car was entrusted to The Creative Works, a nationally recognized restoration shop dedicated to historic, antique, classic and vintage cars. The team at The Creative Works stripped the car down, perfected the body, and applied a new coat of the correct original color of Opalescent Bronze. Again, all the work performed was documented. In 2019, the car was shipped to Lenox, Massachusetts for use during the summer season. During this period, it was brought to another well-known Jaguar specialist, Donovan Motorcar Service in Lenox for service and proper sorting. More recently, in 2023, the carburetors received a complete rebuild, resulting in a very smooth and responsive driving experience.

While the paint has been beautifully refinished, the interior retains much of its original finishes and trimmings, adding character to this charming, iconic Jaguar. This aspect, combined with the tedious attention paid to the mechanical components, all of which are fully documented, make this XKE exceptional. From time to time, a "flat floor" roadster comes up for sale. Rarely is one available that is not only beautiful in aesthetics, but is regularly used and can be driven to and from shows and exhibitions. Upon a close look one will immediately notice the high degree of design and sophistication expected of the legendary E-Type from Jaguar. As ideal for Jaguar Club of North America events as it is a top-quality example for tours, it represents the finest of the British motoring spirit.

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