Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: Three Series I E-Types Head to Auction
Two Roadsters and one fixed-head coupe will cross the stage in Arizona. Get the lowdown on them right here.
We will never tired of looking at E-Types here at JaguarForums. They’re just one of the most stunningly beautiful machines ever built. As such, they naturally command huge prices at auction. With the auction season already upon us in a few weeks, let’s take a look at the trio of first-generation Jaguar XKEs headed to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale from January 13 to 21.
‘61 E-Type Roadster
With prices spiking on early E-Types, we won’t be surprised to see more gorgeous restorations like this first-year Roadster (top photo) heading to auction. This one remains highly original and it underwent a nut-and-bolt restoration. The Opalescent Dark Blue reflects the sky just about right and it’s easy to yourself slipping the shifter neatly through the gears on a winding canyon road.
It looks concours-grade — the engine alone looks like an art installation — and should come with bidding of that level. Hagerty pegs the current price ceiling around $440,000, especially since it’s the E-Type’s first year. The restoration has a solid six figures in it, we’re sure, but we think the seller will come out ahead on this one.
‘64 E-Type Roadster
Color options don’t really vary in E-Types at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, strangely, and we’re okay with that. This ‘64 Roadster wears the same gorgeous Opalescent Dark Blue as the ‘61 above. Unfortunately, the later cars don’t bring quite the same price premium. However, the listing suggests this one might be all-original and unrestored. If that’s the case, this E-Type’s owners have cared lovingly for the British classic.
Hagerty figures a ceiling of about $250,000 on this one and we think it might fall a bit short of that unless we’re missing something. Either way, this one still has the same 265-horsepower 3.8-liter inline-six as the ‘61. So if you’re looking for a clean driver for a “discount,” this might be your Jag.
‘64 E-Type Coupe
While this one objectively will bring less money than either Roadster, we find the fixed-head E-Type far prettier than the Roadster. This Series I spent a decade in a garage and has been in a family without a full restoration. That leaves lots of it original, aside from necessary replacements, which suggests this was a driver. That replacement work includes upholstery, a fuel tank, a fuel pump, and a radiator. The paint is a little worse for the wear.
Again, this isn’t going to set any E-Type Series I auction records. It might not even break $100,000 [*Gasp*]. However, if you’re looking a gorgeous, timeless Jaguar to drive a bit without feeling guilt or worry, this might be your go-to. It’s the one we’d have here at JaguarForums, if nothing else.