Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC
One of the great cars of the twentieth century Jaguar’s E-Type was a sensation when revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, moving Enzo Ferrari to call it “The most beautiful car ever made”
Utilising the D-Types monocoque centre cell construction, independent suspension and disc brakes all round it was of a different age, not only to its predecessors but its contemporary competition as well. The iconic twin overhead cam, 3.8 litre, six cylinder engine produced 265bhp and allied with the slippery shape enabled the car to achieve the remarkable of speed of 150mph.
Chassis 860017 was the 17th Fixed Head Coupé E-Type produced by Jaguar in 1961. This RHD car with manual transmission was finished in Opalescent Dark Blue and was initially displayed at the Scottish Motor Show before being sold to Mr DH Adams, a director of Hotpoint, as a company car. As with all company cars at that time YSG501 was sold after three years, the new owner keeping the car for the next 24 years and there have been only two subsequent owners.
In 2008 the body was stripped and re-painted, new carpets were fitted and whilst the car was being rebuilt the excellent Coopercraft brake upgrade was installed. Then in 2014 YSG501 was sent to Jaguar specialists CKL Developments for a comprehensive engine rebuild. They also attended to the myriad small faults that occur with any car of age and there now can be few cars in such sublime condition.