This exceptional and historic Jaguar E-Type Series 1 was originally delivered new in 1963 to Ivor Arbiter, the designer of The Beatles logo and owner of Drum City, where he befriended The Beatles.
JAGUAR E-TYPE 3.8 SERIES 1 COUPE 1963
This E-Type has been widely publicised and dubbed “the greatest barn find of 2016’ due to its originality and history. It has undergone a comprehensive restoration and is now one of the very best examples of a Series 1 Coupe anywhere in the world.
The Jaguar is presented in Carmen Red with a tan interior and is showing only 44,870 miles on the clock which is believed to be genuine and commensurate with just six years use in the 1960’s. This early Series 1 E-Type is one of only 1,799 right-hand-drive two-seater fixed head coupes built, with aluminium interior panels, bucket seats and the 3.8-litre engine, producing 265bhp.
This Jaguar’s last tax disc is still showing on the windscreen which expired November 1969. The car’s first owner in May 1963 was Ivor Arbiter, the owner of Drum City and Sound City in London at the heart of the 1960’s British music scene. Arbiter was the designer of the “drop – T” logo for The Beatles. Epstein requested that the band’s name appear on the bass drum so Arbiter sketched the “drop-T” logo on a scrap of paper with the capital B and dropped T to emphasize the word ‘beat’.
Drum City was paid £5 for the design and it was hand painted by local sign writer, Eddie Stokes, who painted bass-drum heads for the store during his lunch hour. The Beatles logo is now recognised as one of the most significant and widely reproduced logos in history, and the fact that it was designed by the first owner of this E-Type is not insignificant.
In November 1965, the car passed to SB Cain of Greenford. He then solid it to garage owner Howard H Measham who used it for a short period. Howard now in his mid-80s, remembers the car well, describing it as a “phenomenal sports car.”
In December 1967, the E-Type moved to its last owner, Frank Riches. Riches was a keen motorsport enthusiast and raced both the E-Type and his MGTF at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Blackbushe between 1967 and 1969. As period photos show, Frank would drive the E-type to the circuit with the MG behind and would then race both cars and drive home!
Riches was unusual in that he kept anything that he took off the car, so Warren has retained the original centre console, ash tray, blanking plate and Jaguar radiator bar. At some time he fitted an upgraded brake servo which necessitated the removal of the air cleaner and manifolds, these are with the car and are the early type (without the ribs). He also fitted a US style grille bar to the radiator opening, we believe this was to mount lights given the number of badge bar clamps still on it. The centre bar was then removed to fit the spot lamp.
Riches burnt out the clutch and instead of getting it fixed he put the car into storage in a lock up until the 1980s. He then moved it to his garden where is remained under a tarpaulin until it was rescued in 2015. This wonderful “Barn Find” E-Type is a true rarity!