Original Hard Top
Nice restoration condition
A true star of the 1960s and 1970s, a sports car adored by actors, wealthy heirs and amateur dri-vers, affectionately nicknamed "The Shoe" because of the disproportionate size of its bonnet, des-cribed as "the most beautiful car in the world" by Enzo Ferrari, the size at that time in terms of European sports cars; the Jaguar Type E is no longer presented. If beauty is subjective in everyone's eyes, the first series to leave the Coventry factory in 1961 remains one of the most desi-rable, a true standard bearer of the image of the E Type in the collective imagination.
The car we present to you is a Type E series 1 Roadster delivered new in 1965 in Texas, it was very quickly imported in Europe and, a rare thing, it does not have the American safety features that can spoil the aesthetics of the bodywork. The presence of the origi-nal Hard-Top is a real asset because its original cost was exorbitant and customers were simply satisfied with the bonnet. While the Hard Top remains in its original condition and requires a change of joints, the car underwent an aesthetic and mechanical restoration in 2019 and 2020.
Bought at auction in 2019 in good condition but requiring bodywork, paintwork and upholstery touch-ups, the current owner had the brake system restored and overhauled for a total of €1,960, fitted an electronic ignition and carried out a complete dismantling of the front axle, changing the silent-blocks, front and rear shock absorbers, bleeding the water circuit and fitting an electric fan for over €5,000.
The major mechanical work was carried out in March 2020 with an engine and gearbox removal, an engine tuning, a clutch kit, a repair of the rev counter for a total of 3 532 €.
For driving comfort, he installed an electric power steering system, on the aesthetic side, he repla-ced the gear lever