Lot 200 - 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 Litre)

Lot 200 - 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 Litre)

Lot 200 - 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 Litre)

Lot Number 200
Registration RHR 346C
Chassis Number 1E11217
Engine Number 7E4668-9
Odometer reading 1,013 miles
Estimate £110,000 - £140,000
Result Sold - £125,440
  • Recent extensive restoration
  • Sizeable history file detailing the restoration
  • UK Registered

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 wonderful matching numbers example was originally delivered to Jaguar Cars, New York and has more recently been repatriated to the UK in February 2019. Since being imported this E-Type has undergone a comprehensive restoration and as such is offered in superb condition. Finished in British Racing Green with tan interior and green Mohair hood, this E-Type is simply stunning from all angles and it is easy to see where the superlatives emanate from. During the restoration, this E-Type was converted to right hand drive. The body was stripped to bare metal, repaired where necessary and resprayed in the resplendent British Racing Green paintwork it wears today. The engine and gearbox were extensively overhauled by marque specialists, Rushton Engineering at a cost of £14,742. Also present are invoices from E Type specialists totalling circa £30,000. The work undertaken includes a full retrim with new hood and hood frame, re-chroming of the brightwork and the fitting of new wire wheels, amongst various other works.

Accompanying the car is a sizeable history file containing many invoices and photographs detailing the restoration, the Jaguar Heritage Certificate, and the current UK V5 registration document. This is a very well-presented car that has done very little mileage since the restoration and is ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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