1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé  Chassis no. 1E51227 Engine no. 7E54745-9

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Lot 782
1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé
Registration no. RGA 202G Chassis no. 1E51227 Engine no. 7E54745-9

£ 16,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 26,000
1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé
Registration no. RGA 202G
Chassis no. 1E51227
Engine no. 7E54745-9

Footnotes

  • The first significant up-grade of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car 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. 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. 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" longer wheelbase that was intended to extend the E-Type's appeal beyond the traditional sports car-buying market. With the increased length and rear seats came greater headroom, more luggage space, improved heating/ventilation, and optional automatic transmission.
    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. From late 1967 the E-Type began to embody some of the aforementioned modifications, these interim cars coming to be known as the 'Series 1½' although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial 'model'.
    Manufactured in the summer of 1968 during this transitional period, this 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé underwent extensive body and paintwork refurbishment in 1989-1991, the suspension and steering bushed being replaced at the same time. Since the car's acquisition by the current vendor it has been treated to a bare metal re-spray, the axle/suspension bushes have been replaced, a complete brake overhaul has been carried out and all chromework replaced or re-plated with the exception of the wheels. All of the foregoing has been done since 2002 and the car is described as in generally good condition with excellent bodywork and paint. Finished in red with black leather interior, 'RGA 202G' is offered with MoT to April 2011 and Swansea V5.
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1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé  Chassis no. 1E51227 Engine no. 7E54745-9
1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé  Chassis no. 1E51227 Engine no. 7E54745-9
1968 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé  Chassis no. 1E51227 Engine no. 7E54745-9
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