Lot 142 - 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 Litre)
|Odometer reading||30,371 miles|
|Estimate||£84,000 - £94,000|
- UK home market car
- Very good order throughout
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox, it reputedly enabled the low-slung two-seater to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and onto 150mph. While any E-Type roadster is desirable, the lithesome free-revving 3.8 litre cars enjoy a particularly exalted status; however, the later Series I, 4.2 litre cars with a synchromesh four-speed gearbox were a better driver’s package.
This example was manufactured on May 3rd 1965 and supplied by Henlys of London shortly after. It now presents exceptionally well in Signal Red with a Biscuit Tan leather interior. The hood was completely replaced by E-Type UK in June 2017, costing £6,941.34, it now looks superb and fits the car well. The car is supplied with a comprehensive history file, with invoices dating back as far as 1982 showing a well-cared for car since then. A full interior retrim was carried out in 2008 at Bernard Newbury Auto Interiors, the total bill coming to £4,830. Our vendor is something of a Jaguar expert, being around E-Types and Jaguar racing for a number of years and he reports the car is an absolute joy to drive. If you are looking for a E-Type to use and enjoy, this could well be the perfect example for you.
Previous lotLot 141 - 1968 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk. II
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