Property of a deceased's estate 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Coupé Registration no. 8413 LJ Chassis no. 1E33438 Engine no. 7E1075-9
Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The 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. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150.
Its engine aside, only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained. The latter was replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced on the Series 1 in October 1964, a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo forming part of the improved specification together with the bigger, torquier engine. 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, and to the seating arrangements. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility.
The E-Type Coupé offered here started life as a left-hand drive model and was first registered overseas. '8413 LJ' was first registered in the UK (to the late owner) in August 1990 and was last taxed until 28th February 2013. When inspected, the car started readily enough once the battery had been charged, though its overall mechanical condition is not known. It would, however, benefit from a re-spray and interior refurbishment. Invoices on file one incorrectly recording the registration number and all recording the body number as the chassis number relate to servicing carried out during 2010/2011. The only other documentation consists of an expired MoT (2011-2012), Swansea V5C document and MoT to 28th September 2013.