Lot 299 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 litre)
|Chassis Number||1E 13510|
|Engine Number||7E 10230-9|
|Odometer reading||48,132 miles|
|Estimate||£130,000 - £160,000|
One might introduce this Jaguar with a pre-amble regarding its launch in 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show and the effect it had at a time when most every day motorcars struggled to reach 50mph. We would of course add how the marque, with its exquisite lines, 150mph top speed and price, was a fraction of the cost of equivalent exotic and performance motor cars, and impacted the market with such a force. Even Enzo Ferrari called it 'the most beautiful car ever made'; a fact that still defines the car 54 years on. And so, with that we are delighted to offer this matching numbers Series I Jaguar E-Type that is presented in outstanding condition.
Manufactured on 14th September 1966, LKE 244E was dispatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on 3rd October 1966 where it was sold and registered to its first keeper, Barbara Devonne, on 1st January 1967. From then, relatively little is known about the car until it was repatriated into the UK in 2012. LKE 244E has undergone a conversion to righthand drive and a ground up restoration to the highest level by the most well respected specialists within the trade. The coachwork and paint was taken care of by 355 Automobile Restorations International who undertake the repair and restoration of some of the world's finest and most valuable motor cars. The standard of this work is evident on inspection of the coachwork, which displays excellent panel gaps and finish, another sign of the quality of the workmanship. Graham Williams overhauled the engine. Graham, an engineer who was a Lotus test driver alongside Dan Gurney and Jim Clark today races a Hesketh Formula One car and operates a company rebuilding engines, especially Jaguar, and runs master classes teaching how to build the Jaguar XK power unit. Andrew Harding overhauled the rear axle whilst Anthony Wainwright undertook the rest of the mechanical work. The trim was taken care of by 'E-Type UK's' trim specialist and the chrome work by SilvaBronz. The completed finish of this fine E-Type Jaguar is outstanding in all respects and the significant investment in the restoration is reflected in the quality.
LKE 244E is presented with UK registration, a Jaguar Heritage Production Trace Certificate and will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. Presented in its original colours of Pale Primrose with contrasting black hide interior and black mohair hood, this exceptional example of a Series I E-Type must be one of the best available today.
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