The car on offer here, vin 877656, is a meticulously restored, very well documented, numbers matching, Series I E-Type. Starting with the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate this shows the car was built on July 03, 1962 and dispatched on July 13, 1962. It is listed as Opalescent Dark Green with Black Interior and Black Hood (top). It was dispatched to M & A Kooheji, the distributor in Bahrein, Persia (as known at the time), but delivered to Mr. W.B. Woodward in the United States. There is no documentation but it was believed to be part of a commercial trade agreement. 877656 left the factory with the two available options, chrome wire wheels and an original factory removable hardtop

Mr. Woodward kept 877656 for an unknown number of years in Detroit MI and then Kansas City KA before selling it on to Mr. Vaughn Burkholder of Wichita KA.

There are no records available of Mr. Burkholder's ownership. It is believed during Mr. Burkholder's ownership the car had a bare metal repaint. At that time some of the black interior trim was change to green and Series II bucket seats were added.

Mr. Burkholder subsequently sold the vehicle via Kansas City Imports Inc. in September of 1992 to Mr. Fritz Mayhew of Bloomfield Hills MI and Shenfield, Essex, UK. Before purchasing the car Mr. Mayhew had a thorough appraisal completed by Peter “Doc” Scadron, “Classic Jaguar Specialist”. Mr. Scadron's three pages of highly detailed notes describe a 30 year old car with 78,965 miles in extraordinary condition. His overall opinion and recommendations, “You hit the KC Lottery today – Buy the Car!

Mr. Mayhew took those recommendations to heart and purchased the car. 877656 was then stripped to bare metal and repainted this time in British Racing Green to factory formula. Metal colour swatches of original Opalescent Dark Green and British Racing Green included. The interior was stripped and completely replaced with correct Biscuit Connelly leather upholstery, Wilton carpets and trim from G.W. Bartlett Co., Inc. Swatches included. The Series II seats and rails were removed and the original reupholstered Series I shell seats and rails installed. A Mohair convertible top to match the interior was installed and the Black Factory hardtop refurbished.

While Mr. Mayhew was interested in showing the car he did not want a “trailer queen”. The car was fully serviced and mechanically upgraded to improve safety and functionality on a vehicle he would subsequently drive 500 miles every summer. The list includes;

5” X 15” Dayton Wire Wheels
High capacity aluminum radiator and cooling fan
High torque gear reduction starter motor
Stainless steel exhaust system
Cartridge style oil filter adaptor
Petronix electronic ignition and coil
Wilwood brake calipers, XJS rear brake discs and braided stainless steel brake lines
Complete front suspension dis-assembly and rebuild, new bushings and mounts
Complete rear suspension dis-assembly and rebuild
New front and rear shock absorbers
New 15” diameter steering wheel
Lucas PL700 Headlamps
Period correct front seat belts

Mr. Mayhew did show 887656 with the following result;

Best in Class – Meadowbrook Concours D'Elegance – 1994
First Place, Driven Class, Michigan JCNA – 1997 – 9.978 points
Best in Class – Bay Harbour Concours D'Elegance – 2002

All of the above is fully documented with invoices and extensive photo records along with the Jaguar Heritage Certificate, original “matching numbers” vehicle chassis commission plate, original complete tool roll and jack, reproduction driver's handbook, lubrication chart and vinyl storage wallet and a set of factory service manuals.

In 2014 877656 was acquired by the current owner, an experienced collector and Jaguar enthusiast, and imported to Western Canada. Under his careful stewardship the car went through a 2 year refresh and refurbishment including;

New exhaust manifolds
New heater blower
Complete cylinder head overhaul
Complete transmission overhaul
New aluminum radiator
New water pump
New fuel pump
New tires (5)

The paint was given a major refresh followed by a total wet sanding and polish including under the bonnet. The factory hardtop was fully refurbished, stripped, painted and wet sanded and polished.

The car was shown during 2016 and was judged the “2016 JCNA NW Region Concourse Champion Div. Award” (97.865 points) as well as two 2nd in Class Awards and a First in Show Award.

An outstanding example of an early Series I E-Type OTS including rare factory hardtop ready for show.

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