1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre Series 2 Roadster  Chassis no. 1R 10748
Lot 335
1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre Series 2 Roadster
Registration no. EHJ 194H Chassis no. 1R 10748
Sold for £60,860 (US$ 103,626) inc. premium
Lot Details
1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre Series 2 Roadster
Registration no. EHJ 194H
Chassis no. 1R 10748

Footnotes

  • 'As a high-performance touring car there are few machines to equal the E-Type, and none at all in its price bracket. Effortless is the correct word to describe it, for it is a real mile-eater and also one of the least fatiguing cars to drive... In addition, it carries prestige value, for it is regarded by the most discriminating customers as the best buy in its category which it possible to acquire.' – Autosport, 21st August 1964.

    Although written more than 40 years ago, Gregor Grant's summary of the E-Type's appeal has lost none of its relevance, despite the model's inevitable evolution from frontline production sports car to collectible modern classic. Conceived and developed as an open roadster, 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 a 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.

    Grant's road test was published in August 1964, only two months ahead of the E-Type's first significant upgrade, which saw it re-launched with the 4.2-litre version of the peerless XK 'six'. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox, with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements. These mainly concerned the cooling and electrical systems, the latter gaining an alternator and adopting the industry standard negative ground, while the interior boasted a matt black dashboard and improved seating arrangements. The top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility.

    Like its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupé variant on a 9" (229mm) longer wheelbase. In 1968 all three versions of the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with US safety and emissions legislation, emerging in 'Series 2' guise minus the original's distinctive headlight covers. In addition, enlarged side and rear lights were adopted while a thickened front bumper centre section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles.

    Today, the E-Types graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time.

    A left-hand drive export model manufactured in September 1969, this E-Type roadster was imported into the UK from the USA by the current vendor in 1990. The car was then restored and in April 1995 was registered in this country for the first time. Described as in generally very good condition, it is offered with importation paperwork, Jaguar Cars statement of build, five expired MoT certificates, V5C registration document, MoT to February 2015 and a photographic record of the restoration. The car also benefits from a conversion to run on unleaded fuel.
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