Gooding Amelia 2015 – 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Lightweight Replica

Among the hundreds of fantastic cars up for sale at the 2015 Gooding & Company auction in Amelia Island this year, Jaguar E-Types were proudly represented. Most sold for pricing in the range of $150,000 to $300,000.

As such, this Series I Lightweight’s estimated price of $400,000-plus was always an ambitious total, with a possibility that it would not meet its reserve price. Without crossing that threshold, the car would be a no-sale and any bids below that rate would be canceled.

Finally, this Jag has one trait that collectors tend to avoid at almost all costs: replica.

Despite being made by the highly respected RS Panels in the UK from a verified E-Type chassis, being a replica means a car’s overall collector value will always be in doubt.

Even despite the no-sale and replica status, this E-Type has a deep and impressive charm to its lines and production quality.

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Lightweight Replica


1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Lightweight Replica

Gooding & Co.

Lot 68

Amelia Island 2015

Estimate: $400,000 – $500,000


  • Expertly Built by RS Panels of the UK

  • Complete with FIA Historical Technical Passport

  • Formerly Owned by Bob Smith of RS Panels

  • Triple-Weber 4.2-Litre Engine and Full-Synchromesh Gearbox

  • Impeccable Quality and Attention to Detail


  • 4.2-Litre DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
  • Triple Weber 45 DCOE Twin-Choke Carburetors
  • Estimated 300 HP
  • 4-Speed Full-Synchromesh Close-Ratio Manual Gearbox
  • 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Independent Front and Rear Suspension

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