Lot 166 - 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series One Fixedhead Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||107,100 miles|
|Estimate||£87,000 - £107,000|
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 One 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 example is the sought after 4.2 litre version with all synchromesh gearbox, manufactured on 12/04/1965 and supplied to Henlys of London. An early 4.2 litre, this right hand drive matching numbers UK fixedhead coupé has had just three owners from new. Now representing an older restoration but still in fabulous, rust free condition, YPJ10 is offered with a Heritage Certificate confirming that its specification included black leather seats with white piping, an unusual extra on the black trim. Presented in British Racing Green, much care and attention has clearly gone into preserving this early 4.2 litre example. The car has excellent panel gaps and chrome-work as well as new MWS chrome wheels fitted with the superb Blockley (period looking) correctly rated VR tyres.
Supplied with its UK V5 document, a large history file which shows the desirable and valuable number plate, VPJ10 (included in the sale) has been on the car since the early 70's. The file also includes an MoT test certificate valid until April 2018. This excellent example offers the new owner the most iconic of British motor cars and with genuine UK Series One cars often commanding £100,000 to £150,000, the estimate of this head-turning example should prove to be a solid, blue-chip investment for the future as well as an entirely capable car for the enthusiast combining the series one iconic lines with the more pleasurable 4.2 litre power plant and associated improvements.