The Jaguar Heritage Certificate shows chassis 876118 was dispatched from Browns Lane on 15th December 1961. A ‘flat floor’ Roadster, it was a Personal Export Delivery for Pedro Manuel de Aristegui, the Spanish ambassador to Venezuela. It was registered ‘364 WK’ in the UK, but built as a Left Hand Drive for its future diplomatic travels.
Aristegui bought the car for his young bride, who soon got a reputation for driving the car at high speed through the streets of Caracas. Christina Aristegui even ended up in jail as a result of her excessive pace, but only ‘for four hours’! Pedro Manuel de Aristegui was killed in a bomb attack in Lebanon in 1989, and it is understood that the E-Type stayed with the family until it was returned the UK in the early 1990s.
The subject of a complete, back to bare metal restoration by J.C. Restorations in Ireland, this E-Type today has covered very few miles since then. Finished in Old English White with Burgundy leather interior, it is a matching numbers example of the rare flat floor 3.8 Roadster.