Lot 181 - 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé

Lot 181 - 1967  Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé

Lot 181 - 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé

Lot Number 181
Registration AHJ 970E
Chassis Number 1E 76667 BW
Engine Number 7E 52129-9
Odometer reading 18,618 miles
Result Sold - £64,960
  • Under 2,000 miles since restoration
  • Fully nut and bolt restored with extensive upgrades
  • Manual matching numbers engine and chassis 1967 example
  • Upgraded five-speed Getrag gearbox

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. The Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 was designed to be a more practical version of the legendary E-Type, with a longer wheelbase and additional interior space. It was produced from 1966 to 1967, and it featured a 4.2 litre inline-six engine that produced 265 horsepower. One of the most notable features of the Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 is its sleek and timeless design. The car has a long, flowing hood and a low-slung profile that gives it a sense of speed and power. The body of the car is made of lightweight aluminium, which helps to reduce its overall weight and improve its performance.

This 4.2 litre Series I E-Type rolled down the production line in 1967. Its left hand drive configuration saw it dispatched to America, where it remained until it was repatriated some six years ago. On returning to the UK, the car was subjected to a full rebuild returning the steering wheel to the right hand side, easy enough to alter when you are taking a car back to a bare shell. The restoration was competed in March of 2020 and the DVLA then issued it with its first UK V5C registration document.  The restoration work was carried out by Rushton Engineering in Devon. They have been rebuilding E-Types since 1987 and a quick trawl of their website, reveals the bold claim as to the quality of their work: “Our normal restorations are aimed at an as new standard but are always better. We can restore to the exact factory specification, fit subtle upgrades or simply use modern technology to enhance your driving experience.”

When presented for restoration the car was white but it was decided to return it to its original colour and it was repainted in a rather fetching Opalescent Blue. The panel gaps appear in great shape and undoubtedly better than those created on a 1960s. The paint finish is still excellent as is the extensive chrome which was either completely replaced or re-chromed.

The same level of care and attention has been given to the interior. The burgundy leather seats are supple and supportive. It is not only the seats that have had a retrim, door cards, dash and centre console have all been lavished with attention. The boot has been retrimmed too and is ready to receive a modicum of luggage. The 2+2 E-Type Coupé is surprisingly practical, so no need to travel light on those weekends away. There are also some notable upgrades including air conditioning which makes sense, ideal for those warm summer days. The period looking radio hides a secret, it is actually a modern DAB unit in disguise, so no crackly old MW and last, but by no means least, drop your hand from the delightful wood-rimmed steering wheel and it will fall upon the gear stick, with the power to now control an uprated five-speed Getrag gearbox which modernises the drive to be useable on modern roads and in traffic especially cruising at higher speeds. This was coupled to new stainless-steel exhaust, suspension components and brakes upgraded to Fosseway vented four-pot discs. The engine was rebuilt, having the valve guides and seals renewed and new high tensile studs were fitted. We are told the car drives beautifully, just as one would expect when restored by specialists to the highest of standards.

Offered with a full photographic restoration CD, bills for maintenance and improvements since the restoration. This is a fabulously restored E-type with the added practicality a 2+2 brings and the potential to purchase a car for a fraction of what it would cost to restore to a car this standard.

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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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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