Lot 235 - 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster
|Odometer reading||93,455 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £95,200|
Often thought of as the purest form of Malcolm Sayer’s E-Type Jaguar, the Series I½ not only continues that sleek Series I profile that set the motoring world alight in 1961 but now with one fewer carburettor, more comfortable seats and slightly clearer front beam due to the now open headlights. Importantly, it also came with a 4.2 litre engine, it actually produced the same power and top speed of 150mph but with more torque from the larger engine, a brand new all synchromesh gearbox and brakes more in keeping with the advertised top speed. The 4.2 litre was a far better product and much easier to live with on a daily basis.
Acquired privately from a gentleman in London, this superlative example has sadly come to market as the result of a deceased estate. A ‘no expense spared’ restoration by classic specialists, Kimber Garage was the first order of the day it was decided by our vendor. So back to bare metal and with all moving parts removed. The original colour of green with green interior was then changed to gunmetal silver/grey and a dark red interior by renowned trim specialist B.A.C. International. A far more purposeful combination. It had already benefitted from a left to righthand drive conversion so this ‘Big Cat’ was undergoing a proper transformation. Whilst in its constituent parts, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt with new triple 45DCO Weber carburettors and a stainless steel exhaust and new chrome wire wheels were fitted. All the suspension has been dismantled and stripped then painted and polybushed. Complete with a full 12 months MoT test certificate, this has been well restored, over time, and presented in excellent condition throughout.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.