My 1962 3.8 OTS lhd

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#1 My 1962 3.8 OTS lhd

Post by stevenm » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:48 pm

After buying a 1963 E-type 3.8 FHC just a few months ago, it turned out that this car was not what it was reputed to be. Luckily, for me, the issue was resolved with the help and advice from a fellow knowledgeable member here on the forum and the car has now gone. It just goes to show that a thorough detailed and comprehensive history check is a must when buying a car such as this and especially before paying out such a large amount of your hard earned money.

Far from being put off by my previous purchase I continued my search for an early 3.8 fhc home market car and at the time was really only looking for a fhc but just by chance I came across a local classic car dealer who had just advertised an early E-type for sale but it was a lhd roadster and the advert read "price on application" which usually means, in my mind, EXPENSIVE.... Anyway nothing ventured nothing gained so I rang the dealer and had a lengthy conversation about the car. This particular roadster was an early 1962 lhd car that had been built in February of 62 and was registered here in the UK before being collected and used for a while on our roads before the owner took it back home to sunny California with him where it remained for many years to come. It remains more or less original in every respect other than having an exterior/interior colour change. It was originally sherwood green and had a moss green interior and having slightly larger 6 x 15 wire wheels fitted. It also now has a black mohair soft top which I really like.
In 2002 a five year nut and bolt restoration had just been completed by a previous owner who decided to paint the car in old English white and add a red interior as he preferred this colour combination to what it was originally. The car was shipped back to the UK in mid 2015 and had covered less than 1200 miles since being restored.
When it arrived in the UK the Coventry Transport Museum confirmed that the E-ype was originally first registered here in 1962 with the registration number of 718 WK assigned to it and the DVLA agreed to re-issue this number back on to the car which is a real bonus.
The dealer I bought the car from had not set out to buy this E-type at the beginning but was originally after a Shelby Mustang that the owner was selling but unfortunately the seller told him that both the E-type and Mustang would only be sold together, strange I know but the dealer did the deal and bought both cars as he desperately wanted the Shelby for himself and would then sell the E-type on.
After speaking to the dealer I was pleasantly surprised by his asking price and arranged to view the very next day along with Clint who has a business that specialises in the restoration and upkeep of E-types that I had also met through club and also did not live far from me.
When I saw the car it was love at first sight but before making any kind of decision the car was inspected from top to bottom and after a thorough inspection by Clint he advised me that this car was a very good example indeed so a deal was done.
The car itself still retains nearly all of its original features, ie positive earth, dynamo, 2 blade fan, Moss 4 speed box etc and being a february 62 build date was one of the earliest sunken footwell models I believe although it does not have the recess behind the seats. I thought that not having the extra legroom by not having the later recess cut outs might have been a problem for me being 6' tall and eaten one to many mince pies last Christmas but once in the car the driving experience felt comfortable and although it was strange driving on the left I feel that it will soon become second nature.
There is a very detailed restoration build CD and all of the restoration receipts are with the car along with a lot of other receipts dating back to 1997 but I really would like to find out more of the cars earlier history as well if possible. The Coventry transport museum certificate and a heritage certificate are also with it along with all of the shipping documents from 2015 etc. I do like having relevant paperwork and history with my cars lol.

My plans for the car are to keep it as it is apart from change the 6" wheels back to the original 5" rim size as per the factory originals and fit a new set of 185VR15 tyres as well. I will keep the mohair hood as I really do like it. Then drive and enjoy the car.

Sorry for the long winded post but you can probably tell I like this new member of the family :bigrin: :bigrin:

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1962 3.8 series 1 OTS old English white/red interior

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#2 Re: My 1962 3.8 OTS lhd

Post by Herblay » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:32 pm

It is easy to understand it it was love at first sight! Simply beautiful!!! Congratulations!
S1 FHC 3.8

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#3 Re: My 1962 3.8 OTS lhd

Post by SEJohnson95 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:50 pm

That looks like a wonderful car, Steven. The Coventry reg is an added bonus.

My overriding memories of classic cars comes from when I was a small kid, riding around with my Dad in his white Triumph Herald with, you guessed it, red leather. I therefore have always loved seeing this combination, especially on an E-Type. The hard work and pain had paid off. Roll on spring time and a chance to let her loose on the roads properly!
Final year chemistry student at The University of Birmingham
Chasing a dream, that of a S1 4.2 OTS, but plan on getting an E ASAP!
Occasional contributor to the E-Type Club magazine
Lucky passenger in a 1962 FHC - 860927 - See restoration thread

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