SOLD 1964 Jaguar E-Type series 1 fixed-head-coupe 3.8 litre

Excellent, five owners, clear title






Four Speed Manual


3,781cc   six-cylinder, petrol


Front-engined, rear-wheel drive


Opalescent silver grey


Burgundy leather


Vehicle Overview


Designed by Malcolm Sayer and engineered by Bill Heynes, the Jaguar E type Series 1 coupe was launched to a highly expectant global audience on March 16th 1961, at the Geneva Motor Show. Introduced initially for export only, the domestic market had to wait a further four months for the delivery of the first coupe's, with a price tag of £2,097.00….equipped with the same, triple SU carburetted engine, as Jaguar's outgoing XK150S.

Refined and developed from motorsport success….Jaguar's first win with the E type, was at the Easter Monday Oulton Park meeting; a mere four weeks after its launch, where Graham Hill celebrated success with the Equipe Endeavour team's RHD roadster, "ECD400". 


Produced in three series (Series 1- 1961 to 1968, Series 2- 1969 to 1971 and Series 3 - 1971 to 1974), over thirteen years, more than seventy thousand E types left the "Browns Lane" factory, in Coventry UK.

The car we offer, chassis #861686 was completed on May 26th 1964, and delivered new via Jaguar main distributor, Henly's Limited, on June 25th 1964, to Caffyns Limited of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Chassis number: 861686
Engine number: R6964-9
Body number: V8340
Gearbox number: EB 15065 JS
Build date: May 26th 1964
Dispatch date: June 25th 1964
Vehicle distributor: Henlys Limited
Delivered new on: June 25th 1964

Registration number at time of delivery, and now : BNJ823B
All above information is validated by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate #40482, issued on August 14th 2014.
Specified in right hand drive, with an opalescent silver grey exterior, wire wheels and a burgundy  leather interior (the colour combination and specification it retains),

Vehicle history:

BNJ823B was delivered new via Jaguar main distributor, Henly's Limited, on June 25th 1964, to Caffyns Limited of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


Delivered by Caffyn's Limited to its first owner.

The believed third owner was Oliver Tuck Esq of Tyneside who's ownership is recorded on the V5C.

He used the E-type extensively as his daily road car, before it was restored in the North East in the mid-eighties, utilising a new bonnet, door-skins and rear bodywork panels. The "Moss" gearbox was rebuilt and a new speedometer replaced the original unit (which is sold with the car)


On completion, the car was rust-proofed by Tower Garage and Coachworks and a stainless steel exhaust fitted. The car was retained, regularly maintained but seldom used. More than thirty years of continuous ownership.


Local garage owner and engineer David Leightley, knew of both Mr Tuck and the car for several years, having performed routine maintenance and servicing. The E-type was deemed to be in overall very good condition. Mr Leightley had previously tried to purchase the car on a number of occasions and on the above date, he became the car's believed fourth owner.

Over the ensuing eighteen months, he completed a last-nut-and-bolt restoration to the exceptional standard detailed in the accompanying photo's. Replacement panels were unnecessary, but in the interests of longevity, a new boot floor was fitted – the restored car was seldom used, as it attracted so much attention.


Sold to the current owner, and just the believed fifth registered keeper of the E-type in fifty years – a multiple concours winner, with other cars in his collection; the Jaguar has since received an engine rebuild, including Mahle pistons and been extensively detailed by a Swissvax specialist. Now completed and presenting superbly, the owner is unfortunately too tall to fit comfortably in the car – hence its sale.


MOT's on file:
20/3/14 1,561
03/8/13 1,512
07/7/12 1,483


Also included:
A gallery of 50 images detailing the before/during/after the 2011 – 2012 rebuild
Multiple invoices on file for specialist parts acquired during restoration –
David Manners, S.N.G. Barratt, SC Parts
A reproduction Jaguar E-type maintenance manual
Assorted road-fund-licence discs 1982 onwards

With just five owners in fifty years, JDHT certificated and retaining its original specification and registration number, this immaculate Series 1 E-type fixed-head-coupe has travelled less than 1k miles, since a last-nut-and-bolt, documented restoration.

This represents a very rare opportunity, to purchase a road-fund licence exempt, JDHT-certificated example, with known history from new, a documented restoration and a significant saving of both time and cost to achieve a comparable result. Exceptional value for the E-type enthusiast SOLD

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