1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309

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Lot 171
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

Sold for £ 113,500 (US$ 138,843) inc. premium
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster
Registration no. HOV 106D
Chassis no. 1E12309
*Delivered new to the USA
*Long-term ownership in California
*Matching numbers example
*Mechanical rebuilds by JD Classics and CKL Developments

Footnotes

  • '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. Conceived and developed as an open sportscar, 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 140mph-plus 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. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, 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.

    Its engine aside, 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. The latter was replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced on the Series 1 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, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility. Retaining the sublime looks of the original while benefiting from the larger engine and the all-synchromesh gearbox, the Series 1 4.2 is considered by many to be the most desirable E-type variant and is highly sought after today.

    This 1966-model E-Type Roadster left the factory on Christmas Eve in 1965 bound for Jaguar Cars, New York, USA. A full matching numbers example, the car was originally finished in Primrose Yellow with black interior, its present colour combination, and according to the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate was first owned by one John R Little. The only other piece of ownership evidence on file is a (copy) US title issued in August 1978 in the name of John S Piccorillo of Huntington Beach, California (signed by him in October 2012).

    The current vendor purchased the E-Type in 2014 from JD Classics, who had rebuilt the engine that same year (Workshop Report on file). In 2014/2015 CKL Developments carried out a comprehensive mechanical restoration, including upgrades to the brakes, suspension, etc (original parts with car) at a cost of £45,000 as documented in the history file.

    We are advised that the E-Type drives beautifully, with very secure steering, suspension and braking, and is quick. Depending on the purchaser's preference, it could be kept looking un-restored and original (with all mechanical work done and nothing to spend) or repainted and re-trimmed to complete the restoration. A rare and desirable E-Type variant, sorted by the best specialists.

Saleroom notices

  • " . . . according to the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate was first owned by one John R Little. Further ownership evidence on file is a (copy) US title issued in August 1978 in the name of John S Piccorillo, who is in fact one and the same person as John Little, as confirmed by his wife and is also on file, of Huntington Beach, California (signed by him in October 2012) - so the car has had only one previous, long-term owner since new in 1966, until being acquired by the current owner in 2014." Please note the registration number should read HOV 105D and is misprinted in the catalogue.
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1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 1E12309
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