1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre 2 2 Coupé  Chassis no. 1E50327 Engine no. 7E51834-9
Lot 359
1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre 2+2 Coupé Chassis no. 1E50327 Engine no. 7E51834-9
Sold for £47,700 (US$ 81,662) inc. premium
Lot Details
1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre 2+2 Coupé
Registration no. HRU 575D
Chassis no. 1E50327
Engine no. 7E51834-9

Footnotes

  • 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 with its instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Aerodynamically, the coupé was superior to the roadster and a superior Grand Routier, 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.
    The E-Type's first significant upgrade occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-litre version. 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, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. The top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration. 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 'family friendly' 2+2 coupé variant on a longer wheelbase. With the 2+2's increased length and additional rear seats came greater headroom, more luggage space, improved heating/ventilation and optional automatic transmission.
    An early example of its type (the 2+2 chassis number sequence commenced at '1E50001') this right-hand drive E-Type 2+2 Coupé has the desirable manual transmission. The car was originally supplied to Mrs N Cotton, of Bournemouth, who sold it to a Colin Morrish, of Winchester in 1978. Its next owner, Charles Morrish (presumably a relative) purchased the car in 1984, keeping it until 1995. There were then two further owners in quick succession before 'HRU 575D' was purchased by the current vendor in 1998. In 2008 a restoration began at Jaguar Specialists Phoenix Car Restoration in Hereford, which commenced with a full strip down to the 'last nut and bolt'. Surface Processing Ltd chemically stripped off the old paint, after which new sills, floors, wings and bonnet were fitted. Steve Grimsley, National Champion of Champions Concours winner in 2008 and 2009, repainted the car and Trim Centre Direct, of Nuneaton re-trimmed the interior. The engine was rebuilt by Jaguar XK specialists VSE, of Llanbister, Powys. Approximately 500 miles have been covered since the car's completion in 2009. As one would expect, the quality of the rebuild is superb, with every last item correctly restored surely one of the best 2+2's currently available.
    Finished in opalescent silver blue with blue leather interior, the car is offered with original service vouchers, handbook and parts list; sundry restoration invoices; a complete tool kit; current road fund licence; MoT to May 2011; Swansea V5 and a fabulous history file, close inspection of which is highly recommended.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the restoration was carried out by Jaguar Specialists Phoenix Car Restorations of Hereford not Bedfordshire as catalogued.
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