This vehicle is now going up for auction. For further information please contact Benamy Smith on 01884 841110 for more details.
Full matching numbers
Reg: 648 CYV
Open 2-seater, RHD
Interior Colour: Biscuit leather
Hood colour: Black
Exterior Colour: Carmen Red
The car we proudly offer is an extremely early production ‘flat floor’ roadster that was built in October 1961. The JDHT production record trace certificate also informs us that the car was originally supplied with Carmen red coachwork. Delivered by Henlys of London on 30th October 1961, the fortunate first owner was a G. C. Cussens of Enfield, Middlesex.
Interestingly, the vehicle famously appeared in the 60’s TV program “The Avengers”. The episode was called Dead Man’s Treasure.
In Jaguar folklore, the name of XK Engineering (who restored the car) is synonymous with the finest restorations of the marque. The car offered for sale, was the subject of a ground up re-build at the hands of this renowned company between 1989 and early 1991, having been supplied in bad condition by their client.
With the car is a comprehensive file detailing the work and expense necessitated to return the car to its former glory. Every invoice throughout the restoration period comes with the car and so fastidious was the extent to which the restoration was executed that even at a time when labour charges were a mere £20.00 an hour, the total bill still amounted to £25,000. A well-presented photographic record of the restoration is also in the history file depicting the story of how a sorry amalgamation of parts was turned back into the stunning motor car that Browns Lane staff would have been proud of.
The current owner acquired the vehicle in 2011.
When driven, the car performs without fault and of particular note is how well the engine pulls, the Moss ‘box is true to reputation and the road holding is a delight. With only sympathetic use since its fabulous restoration to original specification, this rare, highly desirable, matching numbers ‘flat floor’ E-Type has remained in exquisite order, and still is today, beautiful in every regard.
If you have any more questions, then please contact Benamy Smith.
Office: 01884 841110