Lot 226 - 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 Litre)
|Odometer reading||3,600 miles|
|Result||Sold - £80,640|
- From a private collection
- Matching numbers example
- Restoration costing circa £25,000
Introduced in 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type’s striking presence dazzled crowds and upended the automotive world. The British car was handsomely designed by a team led by the imaginative Malcom Sayer with the blessing of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. The success of the E-Type was due, in no small part, to its stunning looks, high performance, and competitive pricing, the equivalent Ferrari of the day was costing three times more and delivering less horsepower! With Jaguar's racing pedigree from the 1950s still fresh in the memory, it's no wonder the E-Type captured the hearts and minds of all who were at the launch. Built in 1966, this Series I car is fitted with the 4.2 litre powerplant, often considered the best E-Type engine. For the 4.2 model Jaguar introduced their own all-synchromesh gearbox along with improved seating and brakes. The new gearbox allowed faster changes and was well received in the motoring press at the time, offering an exhilarating driving experience for both pilot and passenger. Apart from 4.2 badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, top speed remained unchanged. The Jaguar E-Type is a genuine head-turner which thrives on its legendary reputation for sporting performance (it was based on Jaguar’s D-Type Le Mans racer) and ageless design.
Delivered new in 1966 to the United States this well presented, matching number, Series I E-Type has been professionally converted to right hand drive and is offered in Primrose Yellow over a black leather interior. Treated to an extensive restoration which included the removal of the gearbox and an engine overhaul, as well as various other works, totalling to circa £25,000. Offered in very good order throughout, the paintwork and interior show little sign of age and the engine bay is clean. The vendor reports that this E-Type runs and drive well and has been part of his private collection for some time. Accompanying the car is a sizeable history file detailing the restoration and including photographs of the process, various MoT test certificates, sundry invoices, and a V5 registration document. Ready for the coming summer months, we are sure this well looked after example will prove to be huge amounts of fun for its new custodian.