In a world of hyper restored cars and barn find restoration projects, it’s not often we find a car that has not only had a cherished life but wears its history with pride, all whilst remaining usable and presentable.
Built on 13th November 1963, it is one of just 809 Home Market examples. Matching numbers, this is a relatively late 3.8 Roadster and so benefits from production upgrades such as the better appointed leather interior.
From looking at the impressive history file dating back to 1969, it is evident it has been well cared for throughout its life. In 1988 the factory beige trim was renewed and the car was repainted, with a new bonnet fitted at the same time. Thankfully it was spared the ‘resale Reddish Orange’ paint we so often see from this time period, being finished in its current British Racing Green (as apposed to its original Opalescent Dark Green).
After being laid up in the late 90s, the Jaguar was treated to a rolling refurbishment between 2005 and 2010. This included a blueprint engine rebuild by Jaguar engine specialists VSE in 2007, since when it has covered less than 5,000 miles. Further refurbishment work in 2015 involved fitting new sills and repairs to the A Pillars.
The result of all this tender loving care is a car that oozes character whilst being structurally sound and mechanically sorted which, in our opinion, makes it the perfect car to enjoy in the coming summer months.