Lot 317 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster

Lot 317 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster

Lot 317 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster

Lot Number 317
Registration TBA
Chassis Number 1E18242
Engine Number 7E17852-9
Odometer reading 48,851 miles
Estimate £53,000 - £58,000

The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and its combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960's motoring.  A great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted, 3.8 litre six cylinder XK engine from the XK150S. The first 300 cars that were built had flat floors and external bonnet latches and are considered rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were ditched to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car with the 3.8 litre engine increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964.  Although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial model, the Series I½, can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal and tail-lights above the bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear.  Most aesthetically though these were the last cars to feature the sporty toggle switches on the dashboard.

This lefthand drive 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster was supplied new to California before being taken to Florida. The vendor purchased this car in Florida from a deceased estate a couple of years ago, the American owner had had this car for over thirty years and within that time the Jaguar has been repainted. This E-Type has just been imported to the UK and as the catalogue is going to press the UK registration has been applied for. The E-Type Series 1½ will be supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which will expire in May 2015 and the Florida title document with some invoices and handbooks. This rust free example would benefit from some restoration as the paint has discolored but it is reported by the vendor that it runs and drives well. This icon from the 1960's, is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever built and is one of the most useable investments in the world, not only as part of a car collection but for use at rallies and special events.

 

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