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, which was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit optional on the preceding XK150. Aerodynamically, the coupé was superior to the roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door.
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. This 4.2-litre E-Type has been fully restored by marque specialists DK Engineering to very good standard and is a past entrant in the Benson & Hedges Concours. As good underneath as it appears on top, 'EOF 4C' could be brought back to concours condition with relatively little work, the rectification of vermin damage to the passenger seat being one obvious requirement. Currently displaying a total of 99,974 miles on the odometer, the car is finished in Carmen Red with re-trimmed black leather interior and comes complete with fitted cover, tool kit and spare wheel.
In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.