1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298
Lot 284N
1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop
Sold for £104,540 (US$ 139,788) inc. premium

Lot Details
1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298 1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1E1298
1965 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Roadster with Hardtop
Chassis no. 1E1298
*Sold new in the Republic of Ireland
*One private owner from new
*Genuine circa 54,000 miles recorded
*Registered in the Republic of Ireland

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 sports car, 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 150mph 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.

    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.

    Today, the E-Type's graceful lines live on in modern Jaguar sports cars, and there can be little doubt that William Lyons' sublime creation would feature in any knowledgeable enthusiast's 'Top Ten' of the world's most beautiful cars of all time. For many enthusiasts, it is the 4.2-litre 'Series 1' that is considered the best of all E-Types, combining the advantages of the larger engine with the stylistic purity of designer Malcolm Sayer's original conception.

    The 298th right-hand drive 4.2-litre roadster off the production line (the chassis number sequence commenced with '1001'), this 'Series 1' E-Type was sold new in the Republic of Ireland and was delivered finished in Opalescent Silver Blue with dark blue interior trim and blue hood. Its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate shows that the E-Type was sold via distributor Frank Cavey in Dublin, and the private vendor advises us that he bought the car new from Murphy & Gunn, a dealership that had registered the car and used it as a demonstrator (see registration document). The dealer's sticker – 'Murphy & Gunn, another satisfied customer' – is still in the rear window. Re-sprayed some 30 years ago, this one-owner car has covered circa 54,000 miles from new and is presented in generally very good condition. A rare opportunity to acquire an unmolested, low-mileage, one-owner example of the iconic Jaguar E-Type in – arguably – its most desirable form.
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