Lot 344 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||610 miles|
|Estimate||£72,000 - £78,000|
|Result||Sold - £73,920|
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. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.
In 2006, this original righthand drive 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II coupé was purchased by a friend of the vendor as a restoration project from eBay. He stripped the car down and set about a complete ground-up rebuild around a restored Series I fixedhead coupé body shell. During his ownership, the engine was sent to a Jaguar specialist in Essex where it was completely rebuilt with chrome con rods, lightened and balanced crankshaft and fly wheel, the cylinder head overhauled with polished valves and ports and triple Weber carburettors fitted. The vendor believes that the engine has also been bored out, increasing the size from the original 4.2 litres. The engine components used were supplied by Rob Beere Racing including a 'fast-road camshaft'. When the vendor purchased the car from his friend in 2011, it had been painted inside and out in green, he had also fitted a fully re-conditioned rear axle, a new engine cradle, a new wiring loom and rebuilt the front suspension and brakes at a cost of £37,000. When the current owner collected the car, he took it to Jaguar specialists, Southern Classics. Steve Berry, owner of Southern Classics, a renowned Jaguar expert and perfectionist, checked over the car and found a number of items which he felt were not to his standard, so he and his team stripped the car down, removed the paint from the outside and set about rebuilding it to concours condition. This included new welding along the rear wings, making sure that all the panels fitted correctly and mounting a Series I dashboard to the car. After painting, it was sent to Trimcentre in Birmingham to have a new Series I interior fitted; it was then returned to Southern Classics for final fitting and finishing. Before final delivery, the car went to Webcon (Weber) where it was tuned on the rolling road by Alan Collins, their Chef Engineer. This stunning example is supplied with a V5C registration document; a MoT test certificate which expires in August 2014; a box file containing invoices for the parts used going back to 2006; a photographic record of both restorations and copies of the registration documents going back to the first owner showing that the registration number 77 JGH has always been assigned to this car. This stunning E-Type fixedhead coupé which cost nearly £90,000 to restore, has the iconic styling of the Series I but has all the benefits of the later Series II mechanics.
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