This is a very special E-Type.
Finished in Cotswold Blue – a colour preserved only for the 3.8 model and limited to just 139 cars – it remained with its first owner until 2014. Bought new by U.S. Naval officer Richard Slye on 9th June 1964, as he followed his job around the country, so did the E-Type. Used sparingly and always well looked after, 72 FVP is unrestored and has covered just over 29,000 miles from new.
Apart from one external repaint, which is now nicely patinated and in keeping with the rest of the car, it is as it left the factory. The original dealer tag is still attached to the chassis plate, the original Bill of Sale and warranty card are in the history file. It is, naturally, a matching numbers example. If you have a look at the photos, you’ll see one from under the bonnet. This shows some marking under the paint – the crayon markings of the body fitter at Browns Lane before the car was sprayed.
The Jaguar has just had a full 10,000 mile factory specified service, during which we took the head off for inspection. Judging by the factory stampings on both the block and the head, we believe this is the first time the head had been separated from the block since leaving the Jaguar factory.
It drives like a tight, well maintained 29,000 mile E-Type that has never been ‘got at’. The interior is the original grey-piped blue leather and blue carpet, all lightly faded and marked by the passing years, but in excellent condition. There are innumerable original, period correct details, from the stickers in the spare wheel well through to the date stamped wiper motor. The original dealer and Jaguar key rings, original jack and period tool kit all add to the sense that this is a very special E-Type indeed.
There is a great army of average E-Types out there. They have lived hard lives, only to be rewarded with sub-standard restorations and ill-considered, detrimental upgrades. This is not one of them and, as such, presents one of the best preserved and most desirable 3.8 Fixed Head Coupes available today.