Registration 'JAG 61' Included!...
This is a 1961 Jaguar E-Type S1 Roadster "Flat Floor”, original UK supplied RHD, finished in Jaguar Cream with a red leather interior. The car has covered approximately 17,000 miles since 1983. The clock is showing 34,000 miles which may well be genuine but we cannot guarantee it. The car comes with the transferable and highly desirable registration ‘JAG 61’.
Few cars in history have created the sensation which Jaguar’s new E Type Roadster achieved when unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1961. Jaguar’s racing heritage was reflected with a hint of the D Type sports racing cars in the styling and the transition through the XKSS model was clearly apparent. Not only was the car aesthetically pleasing but it adopted the well-proven 3.8 litre, six-cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, XK engine unit which developed a massive 265bhp at 5,500rpm. This provided a maximum speed of 153mph with blistering 0-60mph acceleration in just 7.2 seconds, and all this at an affordable price. Many of the new cars were used for the office during the week and on circuits or speed hill climbs at weekends.
This car was manufactured on 26th September 1961 and supplied new in Opalescent Bronze by J.T. Thorpe Ltd. to the first owner, Thomas ash and Co. Ltd who kept the car until 1983. An MoT on file shows the car to have covered 16,943 miles at this stage. This fabulous example has since been in the same family, passed from father K. Timmins to son I. Timmins, a Jaguar enthusiast from whom we recently acquired the car. It has been lavished with improvements and restorations under their ownership.
The history file accompanying this car is huge, dates back to the 1970’s and contains what appears to be every invoice and letter regarding the cars progress since acquired by the Timmins family in 1983. Paperwork from 1985 indicates the engine was removed from the car and the block replaced with a blueprint specification engine, (the head remains original), the gearbox was stripped and overhauled and new clutch plates were added to mention just a few of the items on a huge list of work undertaken. This work cost nearly £3,000 in 1985. A full Langford Exhaust system was installed in 1991. The car was extensively restored and improved between 2001 and 2007, supported by invoices for an endless number of new parts supplied by Jaguar specialist S.N.G. Barratt. New competition laced wire wheels were fitted and the distributor modified for running on unleaded fuel in 2001 by Classic Motor cars Ltd. More significant restorations were completed between 2003 and 2004 by Swallow Engineering at a total cost of over £11,000. This included a full re spray to the current colour of Jaguar ‘cream’, the replacement of floor sections and sills, a full overhaul of the differential carrier unit and a complete brake overhaul amongst a huge list of other improvements.
The history file also contains the Heritage Trust Certificate indicating chassis number 850172, engine number R1815-9 and body number R 1307; this is a very early Flat Floor Roadster.
The transferable and highly desirable registration ‘JAG 61’ has been with the car since the late 1980’s and is offered with the car for sale. This is a rare opportunity to buy a very early UK supplied flat floor roadster, including an unrepeatable number plate for a very realistic price.