1964 | Jaguar E-Type 3.8
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Make Jaguar Model E-Type Model name E-Type 3.8 Series Serie I Year of manufacture 1964 Body style Coupe Body detail Coupe Power (kw/hp) 198/269 Cubic capacity (ccm) 3,781 Cylinders 6 Doors 2 Steering Right (RHD) Transmission Manual Drive Rear Fuel Petrol Exterior colour Red Interior colour Brown Interior material Leather
This UK matching numbers car was manufactured on the 5th May 1964, distributed from Henlys Manchester and was supplied new by Argyle Motors in Birkenhead. This 3.8 FHC was first owned by a Birkenhead based Company Veco Products and today still retains its original Merseyside registration mark ACM 288B. Within the Veco stable of businesses was the ‘Peco’ exhausts brand, which became the highly popular ‘bolt on’ performance brand from the early 1960’s, based from their premises in Sandford Road, Birkenhead. Peco was at the height of its’ popularity in this period and grew to become one of the best established brands in the UK, with a regularity presence in the motoring press. The E Type was registered to the company and quickly became a showcase for Peco’s products and was seen in the June 1968 edition of Hot Car Magazine wearing a pair of twin pipe silencers. We can confirm this lovely, usable example is a matching numbers car, retaining its original engine and many original features including its four speed Moss gearbox and is a car we know very well having supplied it previously.
This early E-Type is a very well presented, strong car and in 2016 had a programme of light re-commissioning that has put the car in fabulous shape. Being an older restoration dating back to the 1990's, it has required careful maintenance in order to keep it in such excellent, strong condition. The E-Type had some major work to include removal of the rear axle cage and propshaft. The differential output seals were replaced, as was the pinion oil seal, handbrake pads and new V mount brackets were fitted. The rear cage was rebuilt and painted prior to re-fitting to the vehicle. The sump was removed, the timing case oil seal replaced and the sump re-fitted with a new gasket. A new temperature sender unit and bulkhead heater pipes were fitted, the triple SU carburettors were balanced and set up and new engine mountings were fitted. The brakes and suspension units were checked and any parts replaced as required and various cosmetic improvements to include new carpets, sill chromes and sill covers were carried out. The E-Type comes with a comprehensive history file detailing various works over recent years. Dating a little further back in 2011 a Jaguar specialist overhauled the suspension, rebuilt carburettors, re-conditioned various parts of the coolant system and replaced brake pipes at the cost of over £4500. In 2014 over £2000 was spent to include a new crank damper, crank pulley, various hoses, seals, speedo drive and rebuilt starter motor. The cars last owner within the last two years has replaced the clutch, replaced the master cylinder, fitted a new air box and filters along with a new belt and dynator with the regulator. With the engine out, the subframe was re-painted, and the interior has benefitted from a new headlning, rear door trim and new handles and catches. Since early 2021, over £8000 has been spent on the E-Type and it returns to us looking superb and has covered a further 3500 fautless miles since we last saw the car.
ACM 288B is very usable car that is impressive on the road. The original 3.8 six cylinder unit starts up with no hesitation, runs perfectly cold and warm and holds very good oil pressure. The E-Type feels strong, powerful and on the road offers superb performance. The engine has been very well maintained and has had regular upkeep and is efficient, clean and sounds fabulous. The four speed Moss gearbox changes up and down smoothly, has all the usual characteristics expected of the early E-Type and really adds to the driving experience. This Jaguar handles beautifully which is no surprise when considering recent expenditure and brakes and steering are sharp, responsive and correct. The car presents nicely with lovely older paintwork still retaining a deep shine, panels gaps are very good throughout, chrome work is very impressive and the underside is body colour and stunning. The upholstery is fabulous with good quality leather, stunning carpets, headlining and smart dashboard. The boot area is nicely presented and the engine bay just right for a sharp car that can be used on a regular basis. This is an ideal drivers car, it would be perfect for long distance touring and has been thoroughly checked over in recent history. It clearly benefits from having had a very high quality restoration dating back to the 1990's both in terms of presentation and driving experience and the more recent work ensures it looks and feels like a more recent restoration. Over the past two years the E-Type has been taken out on trips to Bath, Oxford and was driven up to Liverpool , re-visitng the cars original roots.
Condition & Registration
Registered Ready to drive Vehicle-ID: 327461
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