This Series 3 V12 Manual chassis number 04, is an important car in the lineage of the E-type. Possibly the 1st RHD drive registered car known to Jaguar and possibly the earliest car still on the road, a rare opportunity for the Jaguar E-type collector.
The car’s heritage certificate shows that the car was the 1st V12 finished in love or hate Sable, with cinnamon interior.
The car has the additional side mounted indicator repeater lights as for the US LHD market, although this car has always been a RHD UK model. Following the recent restoration works carried out by WinSpeed, they concluded that the car was probably built down the US production line, with body panels prepared for export. They have seen this on chassis 07 with identical features. This gives further weight to the historic importance of chassis 04.
For some reason Jaguar did not release the car until almost a year after its production date and may have used this early car for testing, driving the car on trade plates.
From the history file, it appears that the car had an exterior colour change, together with a change of its interior to black, early on its life, before 1983
There are supporting service receipts from 1983 and MOT’s from 1987. Everything we have researched gives confidence that the cars mileage of 65,000 miles is genuine, however it would be for the buyer to satisfy themselves on this point.
Looking over the receipts, the car has undergone several significant works, the latest and most thorough taking place in 2019 at a cost of more than £25,000.
The car presents well with some patina evident on some panels. The car drives nicely and can be used with confidence.
There is a folder with invoices covering servicing, repair and restoration works from 1983 to 2019
The 1st Mot certificate on file is for 1987 when the car had covered 55,000 miles. Since that time, the MOT history indicates the present mileage to be genuine.