Perhaps one of the most collectable Jaguar E-types is a Series 1 flatfloor car with welded louvres like this one. Unless you stumble on a lightweight Jaguar E-type, then you really have hit the jackpot.
Exterior: The first owner really wanted to have a red Jaguar E-type but it was not available, and it would take a long time to get one. So, he bought this car that was in gunmetal grey from the factory and had it repainted to red on the outside only. When you lift the hood, it is still wearing the factory colour here and the same goes for the trunk area. Before it was painted, it was rust protected properly, and the car has stayed pretty much in this shape until today. The wheels were replaced somewhere along the way, but the chrome is original and in very good shape. As you can see in the pictures, it comes with the very rare factory hardtop. A series 1 Jaguar E-type Coupe is the most beautiful of all E-types (to me) unless you have a convertible with a hardtop.
Interior: At the same time as the car was painted, it was given a new red interior. This is still in the car today and looks amazing. Wonderful patina on the leather and everything else inside the car is in very good condition. It is still the original soft top and it keeps the rain out of the car. All instruments are beautiful and fully working.
Engine: Starts very easily and has a very good sound. The 3,8l cars just sound a little bit better than the later 4,2. This car comes with documentation showing that it has covered no more than just over 100,000km during its lifetime. So, nothing more than normal maintenance has been done over the years, and it runs perfectly today.
History: This car was manufactured in October 1961 and delivered, also in October, to Fredlunds Automobil AB, the Swedish distributor, as the second E-type ever sold to Sweden. This is confirmed by Philip Porter in his book, Jaguar E-type: The Definitive History.
The first owner was the proprietor of Automobil AB, Bengt Dahlén, in Lilla Edet in western Sweden, who bought the car from Fredlunds Automobil AB and registered it in February 1962. He owned and used it until 1989, logging 90,000 km. Second owner, Timo Ekholm in Eskilstuna, took care of it until 1995, when the present owner was able to buy it. To date it has logged 115,000 km.
Documentation: Jaguar Heritage Certificate, confirming all matching numbers, original colour scheme, delivery date to Sweden etc. Original vinyl booklet with original owner’s manual, including notes by the first owner. Original lubrication scheme, in absolute mint condition. Signed letter from first owner confirming that the car has never been damaged. First registration documents. Many MOT documents (including 2016 with no remarks). Issue of MotorSport magazine from April 1961, featuring the launch of the E-type. Issue of Swedish Classic Motor magazine from 1992, featuring this car.