Lot 147 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé (4.2 litre)

Lot 147 - 1968  Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé (4.2 litre)

Lot 147 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series I 2+2 Coupé (4.2 litre)

Lot Number 147
Registration MNT 346F
Chassis Number 1E51219
Engine Number 7E548149
Result Sold - £19,040
  • A restoration project
  • Thought to have all the parts present for completion.

Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150, and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.

Originally registered on 2nd May 1968 this Jaguar E-Type is dismantled and is a restoration project. The bodywork and paintwork has been completed, often this is the costliest part of a restoration. The engine rests in the car although suggestions would be to remove the engine to gain access to other areas and to fit the gearbox and clutch to the engine prior to refitting. The rear axle cradle appears to have been overhauled and is fitted to the car, as is the front suspension meaning the car rolls on its wheel. Everything else is removed from the car and appears to be generally boxed up for ease of transportation. We are told all the parts are present to complete the project, although interested parties are advised to come and check for themselves. These are uncomplicated cars and The Jaguar Drivers Club are always very helpful in sourcing any parts which may be missing or need replacing and for any help in re-assembling the car. This Jaguar Series I 2+2 Coupé is only being sold due to lack of suitable storage and workshop space and appears to be very realistically estimated. It comes with a V5 registration document. Consigned by Stewart Banks.

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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