1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620
Lot 133
1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé
Sold for £ 87,500 (US$ 116,476) inc. premium

Lot Details
1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620 1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 1E 21620
1967 Jaguar E-Type 'Series 1' 4.2-Litre Coupé
Registration no. HPR 3F
Chassis no. 1E 21620
• Arguably the most desirable E-Type variant
• Little used since 1999
• Recent extensive professional restoration
• Five-speed gearbox; Coopercraft brakes

Footnotes

  • 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 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. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and a more accomplished Grande Routière, enjoying a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door.

    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.

    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 also 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 most beautiful cars of all time. Indeed, even Enzo Ferrari felt obliged to concede that the E-type was 'the most beautiful car ever made'.

    Manufactured in August 1967, this 'Series 1' Coupé was acquired by the current owner in 2013 from a friend, who had owned the car since 1999 but had not used it. Between 2014 and 2016, the E-Type was restored by the vendor's company, a Jaguar authorised coachbuilder and manufacturer of conversions, which called an 82-year-old trimmer out of retirement to re-trim the interior. The rebuild also included upgrading the brakes using Coopercraft callipers and discs, installing a Realm Engineering five-speed manual gearbox for more relaxed touring, and fitting a modern blue tooth audio system (the original 4 speed manual gearbox and Motorola radio come with car). The car also benefits from a battery guard and tracker. The vendor had intended to keep the E-Type forever, but now finds that other projects are demanding his attention, hence the decision to sell.

    Finished in Opalescent Silver Blue with grey leather interior, this beautifully restored E-Type is offered with sundry restoration invoices and a V5C Registration Certificate, as well as a tool kit.

Saleroom notices

  • This E-Type's chassis number indicates that it was the 36th produced after the introduction of 'open' headlights on right-hand drive cars, and thus can be thought of as an early 'Series 1½', although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial 'model'. This car is one of circa 375 of the fixed head coupe series 1½ manufactured. The 'Series 1½' designation arose to reflect the gradual phasing in of major revisions required by US safety and emissions regulations, commencing in the summer of 1967, which would culminate in the Series 2 version introduced for 1968. This particular car retains the original correct 'Series 1' style toggle switches and interior, and at some time has been fitted with the earlier headlight covers that most enthusiasts prefer. Please note that the 4-speed gearbox included with the lot can be collected from the vendor after the sale.
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