Lot 243 - 1965 12947 E-Type SI Roadster
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £87,360|
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was
nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar
performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer
left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Early sportscar
racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori
amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque
with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's
combination of all-round independent suspension, rack and pinion
steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding
and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and
topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable
3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and
260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox, it
reputedly enabled the E-type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds
and onto 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type
remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.
This matching-numbers Jaguar represents an extremely well cared-for and sound example of the marque. Originally a UK delivered car, it then left Sussex for sunnier climes in Western Australia. Repatriated in 1999 back to the UK, it was then sold to the vendor, being just the fourth owner from new. In fact the current owner knew the previous vendor and has thus known the car for over 30 years. In 2000, he commissioned a full nut and bolt, bare-metal restoration by John Salisbury of Cold Norton. Wavehouse undertook the re-trim including a mohair hood. More recently, Clark & Carter, arguably the most meticulous restoration specialist in the world, rebuilt the carburation system giving more power and a far better 'breathing' experience. Highly experienced Jaguar specialist, Alan Collins of Maldon, Essex, has looked after servicing during its time back in the UK. She sits on new Pirelli P4000's all round (including spare) with competition steel wire wheels. A number of sympathetic upgrades have taken place including the braking system, Kenlowe fan, stainless steel exhaust and fast-road steel manifold. Over the last fourteen years, this stunning British sports car has been used for exactly the purpose for which it was intended. That is, husband and wife touring continental Europe and taking in France, Italy and Spain. Never missing a beat, this hugely accomplished E-Type not only presents beautifully but is also mechanically astute, coming as it does, with a history file, full year's road tax and MoT test certificate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.