1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2-Litre Series I Roadster Registration no. CAE 201C Chassis no. 1E 1109 Engine no. 7E 2540-9
'If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.' There have been few better summaries of the E-Type's manifest virtues than the forgoing, penned by the inimitable John Bolster for Autosport shortly after the car's debut. Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type (XKE in the USA) caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was nevertheless a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type; indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward sub-frame that supported the engine. At the rear the E-Type's suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight. 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, although the latter would be replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced. 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 alongside the bigger, torquier engine. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged, but beneath 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 car's top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility. In 1968 the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with US legislation, emerging in 'Series 2' guise minus the distinctive headlight covers that contributed much to its aerodynamic efficiency and stunning good looks. Thus of all the many E-Type variants, it is the Series 1 4.2-litre Roadster that the majority of enthusiasts consider the most desirable, combining as it does the purity of the original concept with 'fresh air' motoring, improved reliability and the larger engine's superior performance. This 1965 E-Type roadster's accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate states that is was manufactured as a right-hand drive, open two-seater in January 1965 and sold via Henlys to Bristol Office Machines Ltd, Bristol. The original colour scheme is listed as Opalescent Silver Grey with Dark Blue interior trim and matching hood. Fully restored between 1995 and 1999, the car was acquired by the current owner circa three years ago and has been maintained by Southern Classics. In 2001 the engine was rebuilt by Jeremy Wade at a cost of £1,700 while circa 2007 a further £2,000 was spent with John Chatham. Its last major service, including new core plugs, was carried out by Southern Classics in 2011 at a cost of £3,000. Described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, this beautiful E-Type roadster is offered with a quantity of expired MoT certificates, sundry restoration and service invoices, MoT to August 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.