1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145
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1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster
Sold for £111,260 (US$ 147,189) inc. premium

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1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster  Chassis no. IE 17145
1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 'Series 1½' Roadster
Registration no. KCK 473F
Chassis no. IE 17145
*Delivered new to the USA
*Matching numbers
*Original colour scheme
*Concours standard restoration
*Triple SU carburettors

Footnotes

  • Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-litre version of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car brought with it a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and a superior Lockheed brake servo along with the bigger, torquier engine. Top speed remained the same at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration.

    For 1968 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. Beneath the bonnet the familiar XK engine now boasted ribbed cam covers and, on cars destined for North America, twin Stromberg carburettors, replacing the previous triple SUs that remained standard on those supplied to other markets. The adoption of the Strombergs, together with their associated inlet plumbing and a new Lucas ignition distributor, enabled the E-Type to meet the emissions targets but, inevitably, resulted in a reduction in power. From late 1967 the E-Type began to embody some of the forthcoming modifications, these interim cars coming to be known as the 'Series 1½', although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial 'model'. The 'Series 1½' E-Types are a relatively rare, combining the looks of a Series 1 with some of the improvements of the Series 2.

    Manufactured in 1968 during this transitional period, this matching-numbers 'Series 1½' was sold new in the USA and was originally finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with black interior trim, the same as it is today. This car has the desirable triple-SU carburettor induction, and must be among the last despatched to the USA with this feature.

    On the car's arrival from the USA, it was noted how totally rust-free it was, being from a dry state. It was also found to be completely free of any accident damage, and retained all of its original Jaguar metalwork. The E-Type was then stripped of every last screw, nut, and bolt, and sent to the vendor's specialist body shop for its new Primrose Yellow paintwork. It was also noted that very little body refurbishment was required, and that all of the original panels were in near perfect condition. Indeed, we are advised that every element of the car's bodywork is as it came off the production line.

    While this work was ongoing, all of the original mechanical parts were renovated. The engine was meticulously overhauled, while the carburettors were dismantled and rebuilt. The rear suspension/differential assembly has been completely restored using most of the original components, and the original matching-number gearbox has been fully overhauled retaining as many original parts where possible. The starter motor, alternator, and wiper motor still retain their original date stamps. During the restoration process, the car was reconfigured to factory-specification right-hand drive. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate and MoT to March 2018.

    The restoration of this rust- and accident-free car has been to highest possible standards, and it would surely be welcomed at the world's top concours competitions including Pebble Beach.
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