2019 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 Fixed-Head Coupe
|Engine||In-line six-cylinder, 4235cc|
|Body Work||Fixed-Head Coupe|
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A unique blend of speed, style and sex appeal, Jaguar’s E-type created a sensation when unveiled to the public at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Malcolm Sayer’s stunning shape worked equally as well in roadster or fixed-head configurations but the E-type was not just a pretty face – under that long bonnet the race-bred 3.8-litre XK engine developed 265 horsepower, pushing the new Jaguar to speeds hitherto achieved only by Italian exotics costing much more. Indeed, no other manufacturer could match Jaguar’s ability to offer genuine 150 mph performance at such an affordable price. Living up to the old saying that racing improves the breed, the E-type’s monocoque construction method was developed from the legendary D-type racers, while the new independent rear suspension set-up had been trialled on the experimental E2A racer. Disc brakes, a feature found on racing Jaguars for a number of years, were fitted all round – inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight. In October 1964 the E-type received a number of improvements, with the troublesome Moss gearbox ditched in favour of an all-synchromesh unit, plus better brakes and more supportive seats. The venerable XK engine was expanded to 4.2-litres, with greater torque for a more refined driving experience. A whole host of minor improvements included the switch to an alternator, a pre-engaged starter and Lockheed brake servo. From the latter part of 1967 a number of changes were made due to US Federal Regulations, presaging the Series 2 of 1968 and these so-called ‘Series 1.5’ E-types saw rocker switches appear on the dashboard, the headlamps were now exposed and the ‘ears’ on the knock-offs used on the wire wheels deleted. The 4.2-litre is widely regarded as the most desirable E-type variant, combining the classic lines of the original with a noticeably better driving experience. With the vast majority built for the US market, any original right-hand drive 4.2 E-type is justifiably sought after, with just 1,182 roadsters and 1,957 fixed heads built (from a total 4.2 Series 1 production of almost 23,000 cars).