1962 Jaguar E Type FHC 3.8 Litre Flat Floor Series I - Chassis 51 - SOLD
Manufactered November 1961, Chassis Number 51, Original Right Hand Drive, Matching Numbers, 1 Private Registered Keeper, Full Bare Metal Respray. Jaguar Heritage Certificate, MOT to 9 January 2014.
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.