Lot 126 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||679,000 miles|
|Estimate||£105,000 - £110,000|
|Result||Sold - £75,040|
The E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975, with Jaguar creating a legend by combining good looks and high performance all at a competitive price. Established as an icon of 1960's motoring and a great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan, around 60,000 of these were left hand drive mainly destined for the USA. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming four months later, in July of that year. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburettor, 3.8-litre, six cylinder XK engine and non synchromesh gearbox from the XK150S plus some very pretty but upright and uncompromising seats. The 4.2 litre cars were introduced in October 1964 with the same power and top speed of 150mph, but with more torque from the larger engine, a brand new all synchromesh gearbox, some very comfortable seats and brakes more in keeping with that advertised top speed. The 4.2 litre was a far better product and much easier to live with on a daily basis.
This superb example was the subject of a restoration which began in 2007 with a bare metal respray and new bonnet. The engine, gearbox and axle were stripped down and rebuilt, also a new wiring loom was fitted as well as a new headlining. This restoration was completed in 2011 with only limited mileage being completed since. The black leather interior is original and shows lovely original patina. Finished in red, this striking E-Type is in wonderful condition throughout and is ready to be enjoyed.