Lot 240 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||46,587 miles|
|Estimate||£42,000 - £47,000|
|Result||Sold - £36,250|
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.
There are two schools of thought regarding classic cars; do we a) polish them to within an inch of their lives, keep them from any sign of a puddle and use them sparingly on a select few Sundays of the year when there is barely a cloud in the sky, or do we b) enjoy them in the manner for which they have been designed and focus our attention under the bonnet to ensure they are ready to be blasted down a country lane at a moment's notice regardless of what the weathermen say...
This matching numbers, 4.2 litre coupé, presented in opalescent blue with re-trimmed blue leather, definitely falls within the latter category. This very original and rust free example is a true driver's car from which it is clear the owner takes more delight in driving and mechanically caring for his pride and joy than hours spent spit and polishing. Imported some six years ago from San Diego in California, the owner, being a good mechanic himself, was immediately impressed by how dry the entire car was and decided to invest in replacing the exhaust with a new stainless steel unit, new master cylinders, clutch master and slave cylinder and new brakes before servicing and then jumping in to enjoy. Accompanied by a valid MoT test certificate together with old certificates dating to 2011 and a V5 registration, this is one of our favourites. It could certainly benefit from a little tlc but, like us, you may just be tempted to jump straight in and get on with enjoying the true E-Type experience.
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