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).
Desirable Jaguar E-type 4.2 Series 1
Nicely restored, well-sorted example
Ideal for club events or weekend touring
Originally built in left-hand drive configuration, this lovely Jaguar E-type is the desirable Series 1 fixed-head coupe dating from 1967, arguably the most usable E-type of all, combining the original body shape with the torquier 4.2-litre engine and synchro gearbox. The extensive history file supplied with the car indicates it was sold to the previous South Australian owner at auction in May 2002, benefiting from a ground-up cosmetic and mechanical restoration carried-out over the next decade. The current Sydney owner invested a considerable amount improving the Jaguar since buying it from an Adelaide dealer a couple of years ago; almost $15,000 was spent with respected Jaguar specialists All Classic Car Restorations in Brookvale, NSW in 2017-2018 installing period correct under-dash air conditioning, a stainless steel exhaust and correcting various body and trim items, electrical repairs etc. A Retro Sound hands-free MP3 player has also been fitted, costing $666.00 for the unit alone. Finished in the period correct combination of Opalescent Dark Green with matching upholstery, the Jaguar presents in strong cosmetic condition today and drives well. Importantly both numbers on the engine block and cylinder head match the ID plate. Currently registered on non-transferable historic plates in NSW until August 2019, the Jaguar will be sold unregistered and comes with both original and aftermarket workshop manuals, plus a fitted car cover.
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