|3.8 Jaguar E-Type||Pearl|
|Open Two Seater||Black|
|Left Hand Drive||Black|
|Jaguar Cars,New York|
|18 August 1961|
|27 July 1961||United States|
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Record Creation: Entered on 26 June 2008.
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Owner: Colin Pearcy
Updated January 26th, 2010. Not legal proof of ownership.
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2008-06-26 08:52:48 | pauls writes:
2008-07-06 08:23:11 | pauls writes:
Car returns to ebay 7/6/08
In an email from the JDHT, I was informed that "the car was built in July 1961 and dispatched from Jaguar Cars to America in August 1961." I do not have a JDHT Heritage Certificate for the car but have contacted them through email with questions. It’s been in my family since about 1973 or so. Although, it was retitled in 1980 to include my father's ex-wife's name on the title. The title wrongly lists the car as a 1962 due to the American style of marketing new models. Both the engine block and head have matching numbers. I do believe all numbers match, as very little has been done to this car other than maintenance. The bonnet does not appear to be original but is a very early bonnet (no exterior latches). It is believed that the car had some front end work done very early in its life. The picture frame has no number on the right side above the shock absorber. It was likely refrabricated due to front end damage. But I cannot confirm this since it was before we owned the car. I have no knowledge of the previous owner.
The Jag has been garaged the entire time it's been owned by my family. It’s unrestored except for a paint job my father and I gave it back in about 1981 (which time has told was not that good of a paint job-it’s flaking). We repainted it the color it was when we bought it but I believe the original color to be white. Some body work has been done around the rocker panels. Above that, it's solid-only very light surface rust where the paint peeled. The belly of the car appears to have had fiberglass resin or other material applied to strengthen and stop corrosion. I did not have a jack and could not get directly under the car to take the best pictures. What is up there should give you an idea of the work need on the belly. Not perfect but certainly not the worst you'll see either. Mechanically, I believe it to be very solid as well. It was always kept tuned up and running great. The engine is free. I put it into 4th and it turned very easily.
The interior has typical wear and the top has a small rip on the passenger side, shown in the pictures. The seats appear to have been recovered as they are not leather. Like I said, this is an unrestored vehicle. I've tried to show the condition the best I can and have not tried to cover anything up. It just got washed off and rolled out for the pictures, that's it. The last time it was plated was 1991. I believe that was the last time it was driven as well. Before he passed away, my father told me it needed either a new flywheel or a new starter-I cannot remember which but am thinking flywheel. But I do remember push starting it the last time we took it for a drive back in 1991, during which it drove and sounded great.
We cannot find the key so someone would have to have the tumblers replaced. Or if it could be determined that the original tumblers are still in the car (likely), JDHT will cut new keys for it as well. When I wheeled it out the other day and washed the dust off, it rolled just fine with me alone pushing it. I did notice that the brakes were very soft and that the parking break did not stop the car from rolling. This car would require minimal effort to be driven again and would be one of the easiest complete restorations you will encounter. Any restoration needed will be of no concern to the winning bidder who will surely be happy to do any work needed to bring this piece of history back to new condition.
I'm no mechanic but have tried to include what I know of the car. Aside from work arising from sitting around for too many years and the flywheel/starter issue I believe it's ready to go for a joyride. But that's the opinion of someone with a nominal amount of mechanical know-how. Therefore, I am selling it as-is.
The only reason I am selling this car is because it's physically impossible for me to safely drive it for any distance. At over 6'3", my head is over the windshield and I cannot ride in it with the top up. I also do not have the room to bend my knees to shift. Given the historical importance of the model (coolest car ever?) and the low production number and sentimental value, I ask that anyone who would part it out please do not bid. This Jag needs to be on the open road again. It's been sitting long enough. My dad got plenty of speeding tickets in it (I still have one that clocked him at 105mph-in a 45mph zone), it's time for someone else to do the same.
Since this car is so historically important, I am welcoming international bidders. I believe he who wants it enough to score the winning bid will take the best care of it.
I do have one condition of sale that I'd ask of the winning bidder. I'd ask that you please provide me with any and all historical details that arise from your research and restoration of the car. When you obtain a JDHT cert, I'd like a scanned copy of it. I would also like comprehensive pictures of the fully restored car (as well as any you may take along the way). If it ends up close to me or in a destination that I may visit, I'd love to have the chance to see it in person again and possibly have you take me for a ride? I wouldn't expect to drive, just ride. I would be happy to pay for a professional photographer to take large format film photos of the car for my personal records (and provide copies to you, of course). Film is so much more classy and archival than digital. Since I've grown up around this car and idolized it all my life, I would like to feel I am still connected to it in some way. Or at least feel like it's sending me a letter from wherever it lands. A letter that says, "Hey, check me out. I'm lookin' good! VroomVroom!!" It's funny how a car can be more than a car. As you can imagine, this is a hard decision to sell.
2009-02-11 13:01:17 | Anonymous writes:
FYI, this car sold to a gentleman in Italy. I assume it now resides there. He stated that he planned to fully restore it.
2009-05-27 02:43:33 | mark writes:
I enjoyed reading the description above of your late Fathers car, especially the speeding ticket for doing 105 in a 45 zone... I would like to ask you some questions about your Fathers car. If you read this can you please drop me an e-mail... Many thanks.
2010-01-07 07:11:34 | Anonymous writes:
still for sale....despite the previous owner expected..
2010-02-13 04:18:15 | Colin Pearcy writes:
This car is now stripped to a bare shell.Its condition is amazing.It will require new floor pans and outer cills but the rest is totally solid.The boot floor is rust free and even the little clips for the jack rod remain in place.One of the last external lock cars it was supplied in Pearl with special order black interior and hood.Does any body know how many were supplied in this colour and my quandary is wether to retain it or keep it green as the previous owner re-sprayed it?A 2 owner car from new and under 60,0000 miles from new in 49 years!.it will take a yerr to get it back on the road for the celebrations in 2011.
2010-02-18 04:41:31 | Anonymous writes:
This external lock flat floor car is currently being restored by E-Type UK (WWW.etypeuk.com) and will be for sale on completion.
It will be a rare car in its original colour of 'Pearl' and will be very original as the bodyshell is so good.It is an all numbers match car with the exception of the dynamo I believe!
Harry and his team are total enthusiasts ans will do a very creditable job.Can't wait to see it at next years
2012-09-01 12:20:47 | Anonymous writes:
Car sold by 'E' Type UK and looking fantastic in its original livery of Pearl.They have photos of the completed car.
They also have 875152 nearing completion whicxh is probably one of the most original restored cars I have seen.All original parts restored and virtually no new metal was needed in the shell.