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1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Coupé
Chassis no. 1E 34027
Engine no. 7E 11228-9
Chassis no. 1E 34027
Engine no. 7E 11228-9
• Jaguar Heritage Certificate
• A magnificent early left-hand drive '4.2'
• Very desirable and original rare classic colour combination
• Five-speed Getrag gearbox upgrade
Delivered new to Jaguar Cars, New York, USA in January 1967, this very fine example of the increasingly desirable and collectible E-Type comes complete with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirming the original colour scheme and matching-numbers engine.
Volumes have been written about the Jaguar E-Type; indeed, there is no other British car, Mini and Land Rover excepted perhaps, that has generated such a cult following. The Jaguar E-Type is a British automotive legend; manufactured between 1961 and 1975, it combined sensational looks, high performance and competitive pricing that instantly captured the imagination of the motoring public. The E-Type has remained an iconic piece of British motoring prowess since its arrival 60 years ago. It was voted 'the most beautiful car of all time' by the Daily Telegraph; even Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type 'the most beautiful car ever made', while Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at No.1 in their list of 'Top Sports Cars' of the decade.
Of all the E-Type variants, it is the 'Series 1' 4.2-litre model that many enthusiasts consider the most desirable, combining as it does the purity of the original concept with the superior performance of the larger engine. The 4.2-litre version of Jaguar's sensational E-Type was launched 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. 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 acceleration and flexibility.
In 2016 this E-type arrived in Holland and was at that time red. The car then underwent an extensive body and interior restoration. Unlike many E-Types that have undergone major body restoration because of serious rot, this one's body is highly original and one can easily recognise the original welding points as well as the original floor panels at the front. Even the spare wheel well is still original and in superb condition. On the rear, behind the registration plate, one finds the original plaque with the body number, another feature that is often lost during restoration. This degree of originality is very rare with an E-Type and makes this car even more desirable.
The beautiful dark red leather interior perfectly complements the black exterior, and cosmetically the car presents very nicely. The paint, which was recently done, is beautiful and has a very nice deep shine. The brightwork likewise is in nice condition, as are the fittings throughout the car. Nearly every aspect of the interior was refurbished, including the dashboard and centre console. The headlining was replaced with a new correct woollen one and the restored load space looks essentially 'as new'. The restoration was carried out by a specialist using period-correct materials. Unlike many E-Types that have wrongly restored seats, this one's are correct. Overall, the interior is excellent, having been thoroughly restored. It seems that the car has seen very little use since the interior restoration, as there are no signs of wear. All meters, gauges, switches, choke and lights are in good working condition.
The engine and engine bay look excellent, being very clean without significant signs of age or use, while the cylinder block and head show the correct matching numbers. Underneath the car looks equally nice and one can clearly see that careful attention has been given to its detailing and restoration.
Driving an E-Type is a very special experience; it is not a difficult car to drive but its power needs to be respected. This car is reported as very stable at speed, handling superbly and running beautifully while maintaining regulation temperatures. It has to be one of the very best currently available.