7. 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I “External Bonnet-Latch” Roadster (Bonhams)
This Series 1 exterior bonnet-latch E-Type, retains its original engine and is undoubtedly one of the finest in existence. Featuring the initial, purest iteration of the famed E-Type styling, this Roadster contains the prized features unique to the earliest examples produced, including the exterior bonnet-latches, welded louvers, and flat floors. All of these features were later abandoned in the name of practicality and production costs, and make this a particularly notable, rare example of one of the world’s most iconic sports cars. Having only been driven for approximately 1,550 test miles since the restoration was completed, this XKE was additionally treated to a recent servicing by Classic Showcase to ensure the car is ready to be driven and enjoyed. Accompanying the car is a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, Owner’s Manual, invoices, receipts, jack, bonnet key, tool roll as well as a DVD of the restoration process. Unquestionably one of the earliest and most desirable examples of the breed, Chassis No. 875180 would serve as a cherished centerpiece for any serious collection.