Border Reivers have done it again, offering yet another incredible low mileage car to the market.
One lady owner from new’ is a well-used expression that has pervaded the motor trade for decades and refers to the mythical situation where suddenly a car becomes available that has covered very few miles, is in wonderful condition, and has only been lightly used and kept warm and dry by its one lady owner. A rare occurrence, never really happens you might think, but, it’s not a myth, it does happen, and this E-Type is the perfect example. According to its accompanying Heritage Certificate, this left-hand drive, Series 2 Jaguar E-Type OTS was originally finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with a Black interior – the colour scheme it pleasingly wears today. Manufactured on 22nd August 1968, it was dispatched to Herrington Motors of Montgomery, New York State and purchased by its first and only private keeper, a Miss Sarah J Hammer. The car was indeed used lightly for the first 17 years covering only 45,000 miles until, in 1985, a long-term illness prevented Miss Hammer from driving her beloved E-Type and it was put into storage. There it was to remain for the next 29 years until its inevitable sale. There is a letter with the car from Miss Hammer in late August 2015 confirming her sole ownership and the mileage of 45,063 at that point. Prior to its return to the UK the car was subject to a mechanical overhaul by Klaus Motors of New York. On its arrival here it was treated to a full service with fresh fluids and fitted with a new brake servo, brake and clutch master cylinders, a stainless steel exhaust, five new period-correct Dunlop tyres, and a new hood and carpets by Aldridge Trimmers. A matching chassis and engine numbers example, the car is accompanied by the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, a collection of invoices, handbooks, original wallet with service book, and the original jack and hammer in their bag. The original advisory sticker is still on the speedo and 70’s service stickers have been left in place on the B-post. There is also a NOVA document confirming all taxes paid and a current MOT with ‘no advisories’. This is indeed a rare opportunity. A ‘one lady owner from new’ low mileage, Primrose E-Type with perfect provenance and a chance to become its second custodian. it is surely unrepeatable.A rare opportunity indeed.
Above proof of continued ownership until 2016 Miss Hammer
The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 to 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type’s 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes. The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years beginning 1955, and employed a racing design with both the body tub and engine bolted directly to the frame.
On its release in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made”. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. Outside automotive circles, the E-type has, with prominent placement in Austin Powers films (claim to fame European Collectibles sold the Shaguar to the movie studios and did the restoration including the union jack flag paint job) and the television series Mad Men, become cemented as an icon of its era.
The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8-litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. Earlier built cars utilized external bonnet latches which required a tool to open and had a flat floor design. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin bonnet latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8-litre engine was increased to 4.2 liters in October 1964.
Automotive journalists consistently ranked the Jaguar E-Type roadster as one of the most beautiful cars ever built. We couldn’t agree more. In fact, that seems to be the consensus with everyone. People are just drawn to E-types.
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Original sticker on the speedo (above)
Original service stickers on the B-post from the 70’s (below)
USA (New York) road licence on the front screen. September 2016
The car in New York where its been since new (below)
New battery Miss Hammer, May 1980 (above)
Conformation of ownership & mileage from 1984 (above)
Continued ownership to 2016 (above)
Original documents wallet with the original service book & hand books.
Original service sticker from Herrington Motor in 70’s, on the B’ post (Below)