1962 Jaguar E Type Roadster 3.8 litre
Owned by Eric Moore
Members of The Jaguar Drivers Club of Natal, South Africa, are justifiably proud of their cars. Some are brand new; others in original condition and some have been restored to their former glory, having been found as wrecks.
This page features the Jaguar E Type manufactured between 1961 and 1974.
JAGUAR E Type
1965 Jaguar E Type Series 1, 4.2 litre
Owned by Theo Alberda
Theo’s E Type was red when he purchased it in 1971. He was advised that the original owner had changed the colour shortly after importing the car as a friend had also purchased one in golden sand. The car when purchased in 1971 had 39000 miles on the clock. It has now (July 2012) covered 79000 miles.
The car was re-sprayed to its original Golden Sand colour in 2005.
Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Production Record Trace Certificate
In 1977, at that stage in my early twenties, I decided that it would be great to fulfil an ambition of mine, in acquiring an E-Type Roadster. Eighteen months later I spotted this very original low mileage Roadster parked in the paddock at Roy Hesketh Racing Circuit in Pietermaritzburg. The car looked good, just what I was looking for, so I waited until the owner appeared to enquire if he might consider selling same. To my delight he advised me he had been considering selling the car. The owner then allowed me to test drive the car cautiously round Roy Hesketh, after all the racing was over - I was totally over the moon with excitement. I did not have the finances to buy the car, so was greatly relieved when my late father generously agreed to help me with the purchase.
In my ownership the car has never been out of Natal and I have only covered 5000 plus miles since acquiring same in December 1978. Last year, to celebrate 33 years in my ownership, I decided to give the car a special birthday present, in the form of a major refurbishment. Jack Clough kindly agreed to strip the car before repainting and then to reassemble same again after the paint job. Jack removed the engine so the engine bay could be repainted properly. He has also replaced brake hoses, suspension rubbers, overhauled the carburettors and carried out all that is necessary to ensure the car is restored mechanically in every respect. The engine has only covered 33800 miles from new, so no engine overhaul has been necessary. The car has now been reassembled and is on the road again in all its splendour. The original upholstery and hood material is still on the car, not having been replaced at this stage. I am sure the E-Type will now be good for another 42 years and for the rest of my life.
My E-Type is the 9th last 6 cylinder Roadster built before the introduction of the V12 models. Although I am planning to fit the correct style wire wheels to the car in the near future, it is still fitted with the original pressed steel wheels which were in fact an extra cost option on late Series 2 models. It is now finished in the correct Jaguar pale yellow which is the colour I would have chosen had I bought a new E-Type in 1970. Out of interest, I recently learnt that in 1957 one of the D-Types racing at Le Mans was also painted yellow, so I am now convinced that since this colour was also found on the most lamented of all Jaguars, it will not be out of place on my car.
I can honestly say that I enjoy driving the car as much today as I enjoyed it the day I first drove it round Roy Hesketh in 1978. I salute the E-Type Jaguar!
1970 Jaguar E Type Roadster, Series 2, 6-cylinder, 4.2 litre
Owned by Nigel Atherstone
Eric Moore Jaguar E Type Roadster
Date of manufacture 3rd July 1962
Sold to Henley’s London
Engine number R6401-9
Chassis number R4218
Original colour - opalescent dark blue
The original owners of the E Type are not known but it was first registered by the owner before me, William Harold Smallman who brought it into South Africa on the 2nd of May 1973, as ND 191530. He, for some reason however, did not change the original registration as it still carried the UK registration number 315EXA on the bonnet when sold to me.
He used it as daily transport until about March 1974 when he ran it under the rear of a truck one night on the main road at Doonside, The centre panel of the bonnet was dented, the left headlamp glass cover was broken, the grill badge bar was broken and the left front bumper was missing. The vehicle was not driveable and was brought to me for repair.
Mr Smallman in the meantime decided to go back to the UK and offered me the car as is for R300. I had always lusted after an E Type and jumped at the offer. I registered the vehicle in my name on the 12th of May 1974 and scoured the bushes along the main road for the left front bumper and eventually found it in a ditch.
The vehicle was in very poor condition and required an extensive rebuild. It so happened that a friend and customer of mine, Stan Craven whose father owned “Teleflow” Shock Absorber Manufacturers offered to import via the company a new bonnet centre, left and right front fenders which were rusted at the seams, the left front headlamp cover, indicator lamps front and rear, the original ones being pitted, and the chrome beading between the front fenders all for the princely sum of R300 landed and custom cleared.
Do not lose sight of the fact that R300 was quite a lot of money in those days.
The colour of the E Type when I bought it was a faded grey but I believed that the colour that showed the car to its best advantage is red and after looking at various red cars to get ideas I decided on a red with a Yellow Reflexion i.e. not a deep red which I believe was the factory colour.
I have made a few modifications to the car to make it safer and more of a pleasure to drive all of which can be reversed.
I replaced the Moss gearbox which is noisy, hot and slow, with a Getrag 5-speed overdrive gearbox from a BMW 7 Series which has changed the whole driving aspect of the car completely as it is quite and has synchromesh in all gears including reverse and above all reduces the engine revs in 5th gear at 120 kilometres by about 500 rpm. “What a pleasure”.
I also fitted uprated front brake calipers, a must which take “420” brake pads but have retained the original “Kelsey-Hayes” brake booster which gives adequate assistance and the brakes are now acceptable.
Apart from the fitment of electronic ignition the engine is completely standard.
I drive the E Type whenever possible and get great driving experience which you do not get from the modern car.
The Jaguar Drivers Club of Natal
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1974 Jaguar E Type V12
Owned by Doug and Shalane Knox
1964 Jaguar E Type Series 1, 3.8 litre
Owned by Peter Culling
1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1, FHC, 6 cylinder, 3.8
Manufactured April 1961 to August 1964 - mine was the 6th last 3.8 rhd FHC to be built & has some features which were only introduced on the 4.2 Series 1 (e.g. black leatherette dash, glove box between the seats, door arm rest pulls).
Bought from second owner Terrence Shank (American theatre director) in 1988. First owner was SAA pilot.
Full bare metal body restoration, mechanical overhaul 1990.