1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (OTS), Restored, Numbers Matching, Flat Floor, 3.8L

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  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Jaguar
  • Model: E-Type
  • SubModel: OTS
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Roadster
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 55,182
  • VIN: 875978
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: 3.8L
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Convertible, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States


Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue Leather and Top; Early-Production; Flat-floor LHD E-Type OTS (Roadster) (#978); Numbers Matching; Tools/Jack/Books, etc;Cosmetically and Mechanically Restored to a High Level; Well Documented; Excellent Records with Tons of Recent Service Work.
This 1961 Jaguar 3.8L E-Type Roadster was completed on November 1, 1961 and then imported by Jaguar Cars New York. Its first owner was R.W. Loveland in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It's number 978 of 1,581 flat-floor roadsters produced in left-hand drive (LHD). The exterior was originally finished in Opalescent Dark Green with Suede Green interior and a French Grey top. The current colors of Opalescent Silver Blue/Dark Blue/Dark Blue are a period factory Jaguar configuration.
Production of flat-floor E-Types (LHD and RHD, Roadsters and Coupes) totaled 2,616—1,581 being LHD Roadsters. Flat-floor cars were named for their footwell configuration. Later E-Types carry an expanded footwell area.
It was purchased by a local Jaguar collector and client of Fox Motorsports out of a private collection in Minnesota in January of 2015. That Minnesota owner had recently completed a comprehensive, show-quality restoration of the body and interior of the car including thorough engine detailing—plating, paint, etc (records on file). Upon arrival in Michigan, a full inspection revealed a beautiful car needing mechanical sorting (see below full work list).
This early Jaguar E-Type is stunning in its current factory color combination.The body work and paint are finished to a high standard, complimented by equally impressive chrome trim. The interior is also excellent. With the recent mechanical improvements, this E-Type is now a beautiful, well-sorted example ready to show or drive.
Included with the car: Jaguar Heritage Certificate, two sets of carpeted floor mats (one for show), cockpit tonneau cover, boot cover, tool roll and tools, original "Shelley" jack, car cover, show presentation board, owners handbook in original pouch, and front license plate bracket assembly.
Mechanical Work Performed by Fox Motorsports:
Engine-Full rebuild including:--New pistons and liners--Updated crank seal (including machine work)--All bushings, bearings & seals replaced--New timing chains & guides--New valves/seats/guides--Polish crank--Balance engine--New paint on block and head--New motor mounts
Transmission (original Moss 4-speed)-Full rebuild (Vintage Jag Works in Blackfoot, Idaho)
Brakes-Full rebuild including:--New brake discs (machined to 1961 spec)--New brake pads--Rebuild brake calipers front and rear--Shim, center, and properly space rear brake discs/pads/calipers--Replace sleeves, spacers, side bearings, and seals in rear differential
Replace driveshaft
Replace left and right rear hub bearings
Rebuild SU Carburetors (x3)
New tires and tubes (qty 4; 185HR15 Vredestein Sprint Classic)

Fox Motorsports manages automobile collections and is a registered dealer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We specialize in the ongoing care, service, and restoration of fine automobiles of all eras, makes, and models. We cater to an exclusive collector based clientele and occasionally find ourselves in a position where a car is made available for sale. Please contact us for more information on this vehicle. +1 (616) 774-2640 /