Lot 143 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé (4.2 Litre)
|Odometer reading||78,501 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £55,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
- UK righthand drive car
- Subject to complete restoration
- In private collection last four years
The E-Type design owed much to that of the racing D-Type, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. Conceived and developed as an open sportscar, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation, spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling, with its instantly classic lines and a 140mph plus top speed. In October 1964 the 4.2 litre model was released. The more powerful engine, all-synchromesh gearbox and Lockheed brake servo formed part of the new specification and made for a much more user-friendly car. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged, but under the skin there were numerous detailed improvements, mainly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating which was upgraded to a more comfortable touring style. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, but the main performance gain from the larger engine was more torque at lower RPM.
This lovely, genuine, righthand drive 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé was supplied new in the UK with body number 7573 and was finished in white with red leather interior. Some time in the late seventies or eighties the car was exported to the USA where it was used, became a restoration project, and was then sold in 2013 by a Jaguar specialist near Boston, Massachusetts and returned to the UK and restored. Much work was carried out on the body before it was resprayed. An engine was located and rebuilt and the gearbox overhauled. Further work included a rebuilt rear axle with new discs, brake pipes, pads and shock absorbers. Brakes were also overhauled along with a new stainless-steel exhaust fitted and new chrome wire wheels fitted at each corner and new rubbers. Finally, the car was given an MoT and registered in the UK in May 2016 and now looks resplendent in red with a beautifully trimmed biscuit interior. This E-Type is supplied with a V5C registration document and two large files of bills accompany the car from specialists such as SNG Barret and Martin Robey detailing parts and work carried out for the restoration. Beautifully finished and highly usable, this Series I E-Type offers practicality and desirability in one complete package.
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