Lot 263 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||64,495 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £49,000|
|Result||Sold - £41,440|
Rather like gold and property, there are a number of other investment vehicles (excuse the pun) that can be relied upon within the classic car market. Cars that, when tracked, prescribe a curve that can not only be relied upon to remain even and constant but also offer the investor a reasonably dependable return. Where it differs from more conventional investments is that it accelerates to 60mph in 7.6 seconds, has a top speed of 153mph and represents one of the most beautiful objects ever penned by a human being.
Behind the wheel, the visceral experience is exquisite, women think you are intoxicating and the simple pride of ownership is one that overrides even an Apple corp. share certificate. It's a constant wonder to me that not everyone has a Jaguar E-Type. The pinnacle, of course, is the first incarnation of the model, the Series I and it is a well restored one that is presented here today. This example is the commonly known series 1 ½, with the 4.2 engine. It became the most desirable version of the famous E-Type due to the increased power and usability while retaining the same outward appearance as the earlier cars. Only 1,942 Series 1 ½ Fixedhead Coupés were produced and just 375 were produced like this example, in right hand drive.
Offered in beautifully presented Regency Red, thanks to a recent bare metal re-spray, complimented by black leather interior and webasto sunroof option, the current vendor was privileged to purchase this right hand drive example from its previous owner who had treasured the car so much, it was parked inside his house, purposely built around the car. A wall had to be taken down to remove the XKE from its hibernation and not surprisingly, it had seen very little ill effect from the elements. A UK matching numbers example, described as running very well and mechanically 9/10 by the vendor, it is offered for sale with a large history file and original buff log book. This is a rare opportunity to purchase such a well loved Series 1½ FHC, which we are certain, will be a very sought after example.
* Interested parties should note that this vehicle has just finished a light cosmetic restoration, the vendor ran out of time prior to the sale and the car still requires some fettling to a few minor issues. These include the rear boot hinge which needs replacing, alignment of the bonnet and some rubbers which are currently missing. In addition to this, the top steering column bush requires replacing as do both the worn knuckle and splines.
A box of spares/parts are provided as part of the sale.
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