Lot 338 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 338 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 338 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 338
Registration GFX78D
Chassis Number J661E32545
Engine Number 7E7675-9
Odometer reading 44,876 miles
Estimate £55,000 - £60,000

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. Aesthetically beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.

Supplied originally to Mr. George Beronius, he enjoyed the car so much he kept it for 23 years, always having it maintained by the supplying dealer. Prior to his selling of the car, she received a full engine rebuild. 'Hooked on Classics' the owner refurbished GFX 78D in 1989, taking care of the coachwork, brightwork and interior trim. The car also had a brake overhaul, new clutch, steering rack and radiator. It was sold to its second owner in 1992 who kept the Jaguar for five years. The third owner, whose name is on the V5 registration document has enjoyed her for 16 years and clearly loved and cherished her as much as the two previous keepers. Finished in opalescent blue with blue trim, this is a splendid looking Series I E-type. Supplied with a V5 and a history file second to none, this Jaguar is sure to attract interest, there cannot be many 48 year old cars that look as good as this and have only had three owners from new.

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.

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