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Jaguar E-type buying guide (1961-1974)

Jaguar E-type Nine out of ten cool cats who expressed a preference reckon the Jaguar E-type is the most glamorous, sensual car of all time. And is that any wonder? There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to do the E-type justice; if grown men had car posters on their bedroom walls, this Jag would grace most of them. All those clichés about setting the world alight are true; this car really did rewrite the rulebook. 



With looks, pace, power, engineering and heritage, the Jag also offered an extra quality – relative affordability. While Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche et al had worthy rivals, they were much more costly. That price differential has remained; a superb E-type can now be valuable, but an equivalent DB4 or 250GT will cost rather more.



Jaguar historian Philip Porter runs the E-type Club. He owns several examples himself, and says: ‘There’s a huge spread of values from £5000 up to £200,000 – or £1million for a genuine Lightweight. At one extreme you can buy a 2+2 project and at the other a superbly restored, heavily upgraded Series 1 roadster. 



Jaguar E-type engines



The 1961-1971 E-type’s iconic XK unit is renowned for its durability as long as it’s looked after. Capable of giving 150,000 miles between rebuilds, the straight-six isn’t especially stressed unless regularly thrashed – and few owners drive hard.



Get it up to temperature before testing; listen for any knocks or rattles. Check for oil leaks as well as exhaust smoke; expect a few wisps on start-up, but things should soon settle. Once fully warm, look for at least 40psi on the pressure gauge with the engine turning over at 3000rpm.



Make sure the cooling fan cuts in on tickover. If the temperature gauge needle keeps climbing, the engine may well have overheated once: evidence of a blown head gasket is white ‘mayonnaise’ on the oil filler cap. If the motor is smoking badly or it’s very rattly, it’ll need total rebuild – but don’t panic. You can rebuild one at home for around £2000, or pay double this to get it done professionally. If you go DIY, the XK engine is the easier to revive of the pair.



The V12 that arrived in 1971 is an all-time great; properly kept it’ll do 200,000 miles. Poor maintenance leads to overheating, so idle the engine for a few minutes and watch the gauge. Harshness points to previous overheating having distorted the long block and heads. These are alloy, so anti-freeze must be maintained otherwise internal corrosion is guaranteed, leading to a less-efficient cooling system that ensures even worse overheating.



Low oil pressure at idle isn’t a problem, but check for at least 45lb (preferably 55lb) at 2500rpm. Leaks are common at the rear crankshaft seal; once it’s failed, a full rebuild is needed. A specialist charges £4000+, or you could do it yourself for £600 – if you’re skilled. Cars that have been run infrequently are especially likely to suffer from this, as the seal dries out then wears more readily.



The V12 has 20 rubber coolant hoses; the replacement of perished ones is very involved as the water rails and carbs have to be removed. They must also be to the correct reinforced spec; the coolant system runs at 15lb psi (earlier E-types are just 4lb psi). A full set is £143.50.
 
The original rubber fuel lines will now be brittle, while the Zenith-Stromberg carbs go out of tune when their diaphragms perish. Rebuilt carbs are the best solution; there are four at £350 each. Incidentally, the V12 happily runs on unleaded, as hardened valve seats were factory fitted.



E-type gearbox issues



There’s little to worry about here, but listen for clonks that signify worn universal joints or whining that betrays a dodgy diff. Fixing the former is straightforward; the latter is less easy and rather more costly with a replacement diff costing £750. Gearboxes are also strong, but the recalcitrance of the Moss unit on 3.8-litre cars is legendary. It’s noisier than the later one, too, so don’t expect a box that’s especially easy or pleasant to use, particularly when selecting first or reverse. Expect to pay £900 for a rebuilt transmission, whether it’s a Moss unit or a later one.



Most V12s have a three-speed Borg Warner Model 12 auto, yet the Jaguar four-speed manual is more sought after. They’re both durable, but the latter can suffer from weak synchro on second and third; check for difficulty selecting gears when cold. Expect to pay £400 for an exchange unit.



If ratio changes are jerky on the auto, or there’s any slipping, a service involves fresh fluid, filters and band adjustment. For an overhaul, budget £1100. Clutches, diffs and driveshafts are durable, but check for vibrations, clonks or whines.



What about the suspension, steering and brakes?



Jack up each wheel and rock it diagonally, feeling for wear in the bushes and bearings. If there is no play at the rear, the bearings have been set too tight and will probably overheat and fail. There are some in the hub as well as the lower fulcrum; a little play in each of these can lead to what feels like an alarming amount of movement at the wheel, but it should be no more than an eighth of an inch or so.



Remove the rear wheels and look at the axle cage mountings, which can perish or break. If you’ve already driven the car by now and it feels rather lively at the back, it could be due to rear-wheel steering as a result of the wear. While you’re under there, ensure there’s no oil leaking from the diff onto the inboard rear brakes. 



Any signs of trouble and it’s an axle-out job to sort. If there are creaks from the rear suspension, it’ll be because the lower hub pivots have corroded; if not greased regularly they wear rapidly or seize.
At the front there shouldn’t be nearly as much play, but don’t be surprised if you can detect a small amount. If it’s bearing wear, that’s easy to sort, but it might be worn lower wishbone balljoints. These act directly on the wishbone, which can be shimmed only so much before replacements are needed at a little over £100 per side.


The rack-and-pinion steering is reliable, but wear in the column joints is normal; replacement is easy at just £65 for the pair. The brakes should feel very strong, but imbalance is usually caused by that oil on the discs we mentioned. The handbrake can also give problems; the self-adjusting mechanism often seizes through lack of greasing. Try to roll the car on a level surface and see if it quickly grinds to a halt; if it does, fixing is simply a case of freeing off and lubing.



Although steel wheels were standard, chromed wires are now fitted to many V12s. The usual checks for damaged spokes and worn splines are essential; this is especially important with a V12 because of the torque generated.

Should you buy a Jaguar E-type? 



It’s easy to overlook the differences between the various iterations of E-type, but they’re highly significant. Buy the wrong car and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. Also, don’t get taken in by the glamour of the roadster when the coupé is more affordable and every bit as good to drive. 



Original right-hand-drive cars are a lot rarer than you’d think. Around 85 per cent of production was exported, so many right-hand-drive cars have been converted from left-hand drive at some point. Just ensure the car you buy is what it claims to be. Check it has the correct engine and that it’s not a roadster which left the factory as a coupé. The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust is invaluable in providing details of the car’s original spec. Philip Porter’s book Original Jaguar E-type (details in books listing), will highlight any inconsistencies in the specification.



If the car does need work there’s no need to fret about parts availability, because everything is available to revive an E-type, no matter how tired. With the right tools and enough time, a competent home mechanic can tackle just about any job that’s likely to crop up. Crucially, there’s no such thing as 
a bargain E-type. It’s quite common for someone to buy an example that’s priced at £20,000 below what would be expected. Then the new owner starts delving and discovers that to get the model up to the standard they were expecting, it needs £50,000 spent on it.

Few cars at any price are as rewarding to own or drive as a well-restored E-type. And there’s the rub; it must be properly renovated if it is to give any pleasure – and there’s a huge amount of enjoyment to be gained from E-type ownership.

Words: Richard Dredge
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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Amelia Island event, March 14-14, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/.265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shocks, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links and twin coil springs, and four-wheel Dunlop twin-circuit hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.Fresh, ground-up, nut-and-bolt, concours-quality restorationClassic red paint over biscuit leather with a black hoodA low-mileage California car with known ownership history from 1974The classic E-Type took the automotive world by storm when it was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show. Its inherent beauty is legendary, as it is one of a few cars ever to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Production of the car began in 1961, and it featured a 3.8-liter, overhead-cam, six-cylinder engine. Its styling, which was the work of Malcolm Sayer and had been overseen by company founder Sir William Lyons, evolved from Jaguars Le Mans-winning D-Type race cars. The E-Type came with the four-wheel disc brakes of the previous XK150 but gained independent rear suspension. In 1964, a bigger-bore DOHC 4.2-liter six took over, along with an all-synchro transmission, and it offered similar horsepower but greater torque. The E-Types construction was a multi-tube front end bolted to a steel body shell. The long, low hood and front fenders were one assembly and hinged at the front for unobstructed engine access. The up-sized 4.2-liter six had 265 horsepower and was capable of hauling the car from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 149 mph. Sir Stirling Moss was to have said, This is the greatest crumpet collector known to man.Early ownership history of this California car dates back to 1974, when it was sold to a James Price Ashman, of Barrington, Illinois. Documents confirm both its California heritage and mileage, along with its subsequent owner history. Under the ownership of Lee ODonnell, a ground-up, concours-quality restoration commenced, with nothing left untouched. What resulted is the beautiful E Type offered today. At the time of restoration, the odometer was also reset to zero. Since completion, only test miles have followed.This car is finished in red, with a biscuit leather interior and black hood, and it features triple-plated chrome wire wheels and Dunlop blackwall tires. It has its original engine block and head, new Koni shocks, stainless steel brake lines, and a correct Blaupunkt radio. The owners manual, jack, and tool roll are also included with the sale of the car. The consigner describes it as simply fantastic and among the best of the best when it comes to one of the most desirable and sought-after XKE Roadsters.

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  • Chassis number:1E 11882 Engine Number: 7E 6146-9 Body Number: 4E 3315 Gearbox: Getrag Transmission: Manual. Registration 1-OZE-413 (Belgium.) Nut & bolt restored & with less then 3000 miles covered since; this E type is finished in one of the most desirable colour combinations of gunmetal metallic to the outside & burgundy hide to the inside. It is in needless to say impeccable condition throughout. The car comes with its original Jaguar heritage certificate which may be viewed in our picture gallery. The car was comprehensively restored in Germany just a couple of years ago. Since then it has kept company in a Brussels garage along with 7 other E types. As a nod to modern driveability, a 5 speed Getrag gear box has been fitted making for very relaxed high speed cruising. The hood is of black double duck as is the hood cover. The car is currently Belgian registered & runs on Belgian plates & comes with Belgian papers. It is in stock with us now & immediately available. A gallery of large high resolution pictures may be viewed by clicking the "More Pictures" button. Be sure to view image in "Original" format if you wish for a close up view. Menu is to right of picture. Office 01375

    • Year: 1965

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    • Mileage: 3000 mi

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  • Vintage & Prestige
    01375 379719
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  • 1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 SERIES 1 ROADSTER. A UK example, Finished in BRG with Suede Green Hide and Dark Green Mohair Hood. 9,000 Miles since Marque Specialist Total Restoration. Sensible Upgrades include Balanced and Blueprinted Engine, Electronic Ignition, Close Ratio Gearbox, 3:05 Diff, Big Bore Exhaust with Tubular Manifolds, Alloy Radiator, 6`` Chrome Wire Wheels, 4 Pot Calipers, Halogen Headlights, Heated Front Screen, Battery Cut Off Switch, Reclining Seats, 15`` Motalita Steering Wheel, Concealed High Quality Sound System with Amplifier and Electric Ariel. We supplied to the last owner and have maintained since. A sensational example. Comes with cherished Registration – YHN 251.

    • Year: 2010

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    • Mileage: 9000 mi

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  • Sherwood Restorations
    01636 812655
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    Type: Used Year: 1968 Make: JAGUAR Model: E-TYPE Body: OTS Trans: Manual Stock 1E16067 Mileage: 48453 Engine Size: 4.2 Ext Color: Red Int Color: Beige/Tan Vin: 1E16067

    • Year: 1968

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  • This is an exceptionally beautiful and original E-type V12 Convertible. This car comes from second owner with only 58000 Miles original! Bodywork very solid, straight and thin. Very good panel fittings. Only once new sprayed in the original color. technically very well in order, therefore also perfectly working and driving. Equipped with a new leather interior, soft-top and tonneau. This example has the original books with stamps and clear/extensive history! Super original and correct V12 convertible with low mileage and great history. Further information on request.Over 350 Classic and sportscars in stock. More information and photos on www.thegallerybrummen.nl. Or contact us by phone: 0031-575-564055

    • Year: 1973

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    • Mileage: 35960 mi

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  • The Gallery
    +31 (0)575 56 40 55
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    This Jaguar E-type 4.2 FHC is in a perfect condition. Completely to the original specification and "matching-numbers". The strong 4.2 ltr. Engine is equipped with 3 SU carburetors, to the EU specifications. Perfect paint and chroom. Superb interior. Very good colour combination. The unigue steel chrome wheels give the car a great appearance. We speak Dutch, English , German and French. Our cars can be delivered with Dutch, German or Belgium registration. We can assist with the French registration. Transport to your door is possible. We have our own workshop facility with 25 years experience with classic cars.

    • Year: 1969

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    • Mileage: 12345 mi

    • Engine size: 4.2

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  • Imparts BV
    +31264429937
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  • Swedish title - Known history - In rare original condition - Best version to drive - 64,000 km from new - Only one owner until 2014 This particular Jaguar E-type has a remarkable unbroken ownership since new. 48 years ago, the July 15th, 1966 Elgestad father and son, from the most fashionable neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden, visited the Jaguar factory to collect a new Jaguar each. The father chose a black Mark X, and his 29 years old son, Dr Pekka Olavi Elgestad, this opalescent dark green E-type. Both these Jaguars have remained in the family's ownership until Dr. Elgestad´s recent death. With only 64,000 kilometers on the odometer it might be one of the most original 4,2 L fixed head coupés in the world. No accidents, never rusted and with a complete untouched interior, it appears to be the opportunity of getting closed to the feeling of driving an E-type as it felt when it was just leaving the factory. Under the bonnet the engine has never been touched by any polishing machines, something you will never find with restored cars. It has been thoroughly serviced and maintained over the years. And, not so much because of wear but because of its age, a few years ago, Doctor Elgestad ordered a complete restoration of the front and rear suspensions. Bushings, bearings, shock absorbers and brakes were renewed only using original Jaguar parts. The only non original piece under the bonnet seems to be the more effective radiator fan. Since new, the car has also been protected against rust with the Dinol-method. The 1966 4,2 L E-type is the last and most sorted of the Series 1 E and most surely the best of them all to drive. The chance to find one in this untouched condition will probably never occur again. It has still the delivery paper from Jaguar and HWK 406D, the plate the car got when delivered new.

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  • French title - Ultra-competitive, victory-voracious vehicle - Eligible for vintage racing - Thoroughgoing preparation by top Jaguar specialist Francis Trichet This E-type Jaguar - a desirable 3.8L Series 1 Coupé - has been prepared for racing by Francis Trichet and is eligible for vintage events. The 350hp engine is equipped with a crankshaft made in one piece; cast iron pistons and track rods; a 'wide-angle' cylinder-head; three Weber 48 carburettors; a special stainless steel exhaust manifold; an oil radiator; two Facet electric pumps; a 55-amp alternator; and a competition starter. It has an AP Racing twin-plate clutch; a Jaguar synchromesh 4-speed gearbox; and two self-locking rear axles. The suspensions and front-assisted brakes consist of racing car components. As for the coachwork: the floors and openings are in aluminium, and the front faux chassis is new. The car is equipped with a lithium-ion battery; an FIA-approved 120-litre petrol tank; two Sparco bucket-seats; two Sabelt four-point safety-harnesses; and two sets of Dunlop cast magnesium wheels (7in front, 7½in rear). The car was completely dismantled then restored to optimum condition by Francis Trichet after every race. It is ready to compete - and to win: this is an ultra-powerful race car, where everything, down to the smallest detail, has been transformed for racing - in the context both of maximum weight-reduction and conformity to FIA regulations. The estimate is extremely attractive, given that the cost price for this Jaguar sports car would be around €300,000. The car successfully competed in several prestige vintage events between 2008-13, including the Le Mans Classic on three occasions. It has an FFSA Historic Technical passport, and its detailed history and results are available in the dossier.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Amelia Island event, March 14-14, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/.246 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with two Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.Jaguars iconic E-Type CoupeLong-term single-owner historyOnly 12,000 miles driven prior to being restoredFresh from a comprehensive restoration by marquee specialists at Classic ShowcaseJaguars E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show. But, despite its enormous popularity, the car had a number of shortcomings. The transmission, while sturdy, had an unsynchronized first gear, and the seat backs were non-adjustable, which was fine for short trips but tiring on a long journey. The cooling system was also marginal in some of the warmer American climes. For 1965, these drawbacks were addressed, with the gearbox being given full synchros and the seat backs being made adjustable. Brushed aluminum trim in the cockpit gave way to molded plastic and leather, and a new brake booster was adopted. The engine was enlarged to 4.2-liters, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability around town. As United States motor vehicle safety and emissions regulations tightened, further changes were made to the E-Type. For the U.S. market, the covered headlamps were replaced by open lights and other lighting was relocated and made larger. The switchgear was replaced with rocker-type units, a collapsible steering column was fitted, and the bumpers were strengthened. These changes were phased in during 1967 and 1968 and codified in a new Series 2 for all markets in August 1968. During this time, some changes were made to the body as well, particularly to the 2+2 coupe.This 1970 Series 2 E-Type was purchased new by Edward H. Fickett, a Los Angeles architect, whose work was on the forefront of what is now called California Modernism. He designed more than 60,000 homes and was responsible for planning and designing approximately 70 residential communities. He was also the architectural advisor to President Eisenhower and a housing consultant to the federal government.In 1990, Mr. Fickett decided to park the Jaguar in his Beverly Hills garage, and at this time, it had fewer than 12,000 miles on its odometer. The years were kind to the car, with its coachwork and interior still in original condition and accordingly patinated when it was brought into the daylight. It was in this time-warp condition that it was acquired in 2014 and treated to a comprehensive restoration by specialists at Classic Showcase, of Oceanside, California. The car was disassembled and stripped, which revealed scant rust or deterioration. The metal was finished and fitted prior to a complete repaint in Old English White, and then it was wet-sanded and buffed prior to reassembly. All of the brightwork was replated, the instruments were restored, and new rubber seals, grommets, and wiring harnesses were installed. The engine, head, and transmission were completely rebuilt to factory specifications, and the fuel, braking, and electrical systems were renewed, restored, or replaced where necessary. Master upholsterers retrimmed the interior in black leather and correct materials. Currently, the car shows just 100 miles on its odometer since the completion of its restoration, including those accrued during final testing and tuning.This E-Type Fixed-Head Coupe is equipped with a four-speed transmission, chrome wire wheels, and a period-correct AM/FM cassette radio. It is accompanied by a DVD of the restoration process, and it is reportedly in great running and driving condition. This Jaguar represents a unique opportunity to begin the second chapter of a single-owner motor cars life.

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  • Make: Jaguar, Model: E Type Fixed Head, Year: 1965, Mileage: Description: Lovely original Jaguar E Type 4.2 litre, Series 1, Fixed Head Coupe in Red with 4 Speed Manual Gearbox, lovingly restored but not concourse. Full Spec to follow. Price: £34,995.00

    • Year: 1965

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  • Targa Florio
    01243 641117
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  • With its gorgeous covered headlights and seductive design, the Jaguar E-Type Series I was the design Enzo Ferrari once called “the most beautiful car ever made.” However, the sports car proved to be more than just another pretty face. Malcolm Sayer, E-type designer and aerodynamicist, applied aviation engineering to the body’s form, which resulted in a car that was faster, lighter and a superior performer to the competition. Introduced to critical acclaim at 1961’s Geneva Auto Show, the E-Type continues to be one of the most influential and imitated designs in automotive history forty-five years later. It is this iconic legacy that garnered the car a spot in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection – only the third automobile to receive the distinction. The remarkable 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupe we have for sale was with the same owner for 25 years She has been restored and covered just a few kms since This E-type coupe is in nice condition and comes with a Belgian Registration

    • Year: 1964

    • Last update: 1 day old

    • Mileage: 23686 mi

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  • GTC Collection Cars
    + 33 (0)4 91 83 01 50
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  • Introduced in May 1961, the Jaguar E-type 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe was a sensation with classic good looks and performance unrivalled at the price. Often heralded as the most beautiful car of all time Jaguar, not surprisingly, made no significant changes until the introduction of the 4.2 engine in October 1964. The example offered today is an original UK right-hand drive 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe presented in the elegant colour combination of Opalescent grey with grey leather. First registered on 15th March 1963, this E-Type shows a mere 5 previous owners on the log book. It was purchased by the current owner in 2008 and has been cherished in a Carcoon dehumidified environment ever since. Invoices in the history file suggest the car was restored between 2000 and 2004 and now the restoration has mellowed nicely. The engine head and block are matching numbers and the car retains the original 4-speed Moss gearbox. Finished in lovely order throughout, this most desirable of E-Types is now ready to be enjoyed by its next owner with a fresh MoT test certificate. The Series 1 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe is seen by many as the most desirable E-Type for its pure lines and sumptuous curves. Upon its launch in

    • Year: 1962

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  • Silverstone Auctions
    01926 691 141
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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auction Americas Fort Lauderdale event, March 27-29, 2015. Estimate:$250,000 - $290,000 Often described as one of the worlds most breathtaking sports cars and always considered a classic of the future, the basic design of the E-Type was owed to the long heritage of racing success earned by Jaguar. Launched in 1961 at the international motor show in Geneva, the XKE echoed the sensation of the XK 120, perhaps even more. An astonishing performance package, with amazing speed and handling, the XKEs brand-new four-wheel independent suspension system was so well-conceived, it ended up being used by Jaguar for over thirty years. The Series I 4.2-liter is a very user friendly, sporty driver and is one of the most collectable of the E-Types. Some of the features of this model are covered headlights, toggle switches, full instrumentation with styling and a design that was way ahead of its time, along with center console, and armrests. Other features of this Series I are its raked windshield and taillights, which are placed above the bumper line in the rear deck. Similarly, the parking lights are above the front bumper line in the front fenders. In 1964 when the 4.2 was tested, fuel consumption was road reported at 22-mpg, and a top speed of 140-mph. This unique 1966 E-Type has held limited ownership, and has been very well-cared-for. Featuring an exquisite color combination of Jaguar Dark Blue over a fiery Red leather interior, the roadster has received a rotisserie restoration performed by Jaguar professionals. The XKE was taken down to bare metal, metal finished, and painted in the spectacular finish you see today. On this inside, the E-Type's interior was fully re-trimmed and included the addition of a well fit top to complement the entire look and feel of the car. In addition, an in-dash Kenwood AM/FM/CD radio and a sporty Nardi steering wheel are added to enhance the roadsters steering and contribute to its spectacular look. To enhance the roadsters driving experience, its transmission was upgraded to a five-speed, along with a gear reduction starter, lightened flywheel, spin-on oil filter, improved cooling hoses, and a new set of high performance Weber carbs with special linkage. For improved dependability, an electronic ignition system, aluminum radiator (with auxiliary fan) and an alloy header tank were installed. The XKE sits atop a new set of six-inch wide Pirelli tires, complemented by deep-dish chrome wire wheels with knock-offs; even with all of its upgrades and enhancements, this XKE still maintains a stock appearance that is sure to please the Jaguar collector in search of a fine example of an iconic design.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auction Americas Fort Lauderdale event, March 27-29, 2015. Estimate:$240,000 - $290,000 William Lyons had a keen eye for style and distinguished taste, but he was not a trained engineer. While he had personally drafted designs for all previous Jaguar models, recognizing the significance of the E-Type, he enlisted the expertise of Malcolm Sayer, a brilliant mathematician and aerodynamicist who had formal training as an engineer, along with a passion for automobiles. Under the direction of Lyons, Sayer shaped the body of the XKE and created what many consider the most beautiful automotive design ever. Taking what it had learned on the track with the D-Type and applying it to its new model, Jaguars new E-Type featured a monocoque passenger compartment and tail section, a tube-framed engine bay, and a tilting bonnet. With its well-appointed interior, civilized 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and three carburetors, a compliant suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the E-Type was an ideal two-place sports car. The XKE has looks to die for, with sweeping lines and an aggressive, yet undeniable sensual stance. This model is a perfect example of how motor racing can improve the breed of a car for without Jaguar racing the C-Type and the D-Type, there surely would have been no E-Type. And what a pity that would have been to the development of the grand touring car. This is a stunning, limited ownership 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 open two-seater with its correct drivetrain. It also happens to be an early example with flat floors and welded bonnet louvers. It bears all the special nuances associated with the first year Jaguar built their E-Type. It had undergone a comprehensive restoration to a show/driver level and, in a recent Jaguar concours, this beauty achieved a score of 97 points out of 100. It includes the recent JCNA score sheets. It was recently given a full service, and it has been always extremely well-cared-for and stored in a climate controlled environment. This Jag is dressed in Carmen Red with a red leather interior, sports a biscuit canvas top, and comes with the original radio blanking plate. It also includes photos of the restoration and the car in bare metal, plus the owners manual as well. During the restoration process, it was completely disassembled, the body was fitted and painted, and then wet sanded and buffed. It benefitted from new parts being installed, and the good serviceable parts being restored. All brightwork has been refurbished as needed; all mechanical, fuel, electrical, and hydraulic systems were gone through, the rear end was rebuilt and calibrated, the instruments were rebuilt, and the electrical system was gone through. With gorgeous chrome wire wheels and knock-offs, this exciting machine also displays the desirable covered headlights and fine detailing throughout. This represents very early iconic E-Type Roadster that comes complete with a letter from Coventry regarding its build information and verifying its mechanical integrity. Just in time for this years show season, you can own a car that is ready to be shown, admired and readily able to compete. Or, you can just take it out on those coastal roads you have had your eye on. The Series I E-Types are great investment grade cars as a whole, and an early flat floor with welded louvers is especially collectible and rare.

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  • Auctions America
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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auction Americas Fort Lauderdale event, March 27-29, 2015. Estimate:$ 70,000 - $ 90,000 After the brilliant first-series Jaguar E-Type debuted at Geneva in 1961 with inline six-cylinder power, the cars basic design progressively matured through 1971 with a switch to the impressive and smoother V-12. Known as Series III cars and offered through 1974, they also featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger, flared wheel openings, a slightly wider track, a revised grille and updated bumpers. The convertible now rode on a longer 105-inch wheelbase. The interior was also entirely new, including the genuine English leather seats and door panels. The center console was redesigned with a smaller, dished, leather-rimmed steering wheel fitted. A tidy row of rocker switches control the auxiliary systems and carpet is abundant throughout the cabin. This beautifully styled machine is driven by a 5.3-liter, 272 horsepower aluminum block V-12 engine with four Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, and a fully synchronized four-speed manual gearbox. Jaguar pioneered the use of four-wheel disc brakes during its now legendary string of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1950s. So, of course, they utilize nothing but this system on their premier road cars. In the case of the E-Type, they have power assist and are ventilated in front and mounted inboard at the rear. For a most positive feel for the road, power assisted rack-and-pinion steering is also standard. Having received a frame-off restoration, this Jaguar is finished in Primrose Yellow with a black interior and black soft-top. This exciting British sports car is further equipped with desirable factory air conditioning, heater, optional chrome wire wheels, Vredestein blackwall tires, Smiths instrumentation, luggage rack, AM/FM radio with cassette, plus the accessory, and uncommon Jaguar issue of removable hardtop. The final-series cars are very capable and refined Grand Touring machines, while also retaining the sensuous lines of their predecessors. Today they rightly continue to captivate legions of collectors and marque enthusiasts and are ever growing in popularity. Nicknamed the ultimate cat in period advertising, the Jaguar is a magnificent beast; wild of spirit, but in full control of its powers exuberant yet disciplined.

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  • This original RHD matching numbers car has been the subject of a complete restoration in the hands of some of the country's finest specialists. Bodywork by Martin Robey painted by RS Coachworks. Coachtrimming and hood by Suffolk and Turley. Engine rebuilt by Sigma Engineering. 5 speed T5 gearbox conversion by Derek Watson. Coopercraft uprated brakes. Marina Garage assembled and completed this 2 year project. This car has been rebuilt to preserve originality as much as possible but with subtle upgrades considered essential for modern safe and comfortable driving. This car is one the finest early E Types available today.

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  • 1967 Jaguar Series 1 4.2 Litre Left Hand Drive Roadster. Opalescent Silver Blue, Dark Blue Hide and carpets and Dark Blue Hood. Original Factory colour specification, full matching numbers, subject of a total bare shell rebuild to a very high standard, alloy radiator, wide rim chromed wire wheels, ex California car. A superb example. Please contact us for further details.

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  • This is one of the lowest mileage E Types in the world. Having covered a mere 6,900 miles only from new the car is a virtual time warp example. Finished in the classic sports car colour scheme of Signal red with black leather interior and a black hood complemented by chrome wire wheels, this automatic transmission example presents an extremely rare opportunity to buy an E Type in virtually 'as new' time warp condition. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.

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  • This is an extremely attractive E Type V12 Series 3 Roadster which is an original LHD example finished in one of the nicest colour schemes of Primrose yellow with biscuit leather interior. Unusually it still has the optional Chrome Pressed Wheels instead of the more common chrome wire option. Automatic with power steering, the E Type offered here is extremely good value in todays marketplace. Available for viewing in our kew showroom.

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  • This exceptional original right hand drive, 1967 4.2 Series One E type Fixed Head Coupe is one of the last of the most desirable series one cars to be built and is finished in Signal Red with Black leather interior and sits on sparkling chrome wire wheels. It was the subject of a very sympathetic restoration some years ago whilst keeping its original black leather which is still in very good order indeed. The car looks beautiful and drives just like a great example should. All the chrome etc is in superb order as is the engine bay. In short, this is exactly how you would want to own an E Type, superb order throughout but not too glittery and new looking. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RMs Paris event, February 4, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Paris. Estimate:$ 85,000 - $110,000 265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, twin coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,438 mm.Matching-numbers example of a desirable first-series E-TypeRecent complete restoration; finished in a stunning colour combinationIncludes a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust CertificateUpon its release in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was called the most beautiful car in the world by Enzo Ferrari, and it continues to stun today with its looks, style, performance, and lasting impression.By 1960, Jaguar had won five Le Mans championships and was largely regarded as one of the most fearsome builders of serious sports cars in the world. However, their production cars had a slightly less ideal status, as the XK150 was luxurious but hardly worthy of the sporty racing company, and as such, the XKSS was unfortunately short-lived. In order to marry the winning racing performance of the D-Type with the luxury and class of the XK150, the engineers at Jaguar would have to come up with something completely new. Most cars in the 1960s were constructed with the body on the frame, drum brakes, and a live rear axle, and they hadnt evolved much from the 1950 examples. The Jaguar E-Type truly took after its racing cousins, as the engineers gave it a monocoque body, four-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes, and an elegant styling designed by Malcolm Sayer. The performance of the car wasnt outshined by its looks either. With a top speed recorded at 150 mph and acceleration at a quick 060 in seven seconds, the E-Type was one of the fastest cars in its category. And, perhaps the most frightening factor for competing manufacturers was that it came at the right price. The brand-new Jaguar E-Type cost only 2,097, which was just slightly over half of what the Aston Martin DB4 sold for.The first-series cars, like the one offered here, are recognised for their glass-covered headlamps, a smaller opening at the front, signal lights and taillights above the bumpers, and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. The Series 1 E-Types are often considered the most distinct and most desirable models, and the recently restored version here is a true beauty.This Jaguar, a factory left-hand-drive example originally imported to the United States, is a matching-numbers car with all of its original parts. Full restoration photographs which detail the entire process are available for review, and included with the car are a set of tools and a jack, as well as a certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. This E-Type was recently driven by an RM car specialist, and he reports that it drives remarkably well. The engine pulls with authority, the gearbox shifts smoothly, and the suspension keeps the car firmly planted around the corners. This Jaguar is eligible for numerous driving events, including the Tour Auto, and it would make for an exceptional car on the run.Enzo Ferrari wasnt lying when he called the E-Type the most beautiful car in the world and this Series 1 shows itself worthy of that title.Moteur quatre-cylindres en ligne, 767 cm3, 48 ch, soupapes en tte, bote manuelle quatre rapports, suspension avant et arrire indpendante, freins hydrauliques tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 007 mm Superbe carrosserie Zagato Double Bosse quipe d'un moteur Abarth aux spcifications Mille Miglia Restauration termine rcemmentA la fin des annes 1950, la marque Fiat tait connue surtout pour ses voitures de petite taille, simples et conomiques. Mais le sorcier Carlos Abarth, prparateur de gnie, a russi transformer ces modestes automobiles en vritables petites bombes. Dvoil en 1956, le coup Abarth Zagato n'a pas tard faire parler de lui ; il remportait une deuxime place aux Mille Miglia et, l'anne suivante (1957), cinq voitures ralliaient l'arrive de cette course prouvante avec pour celle d'Alfonso Thiele la victoire en catgorie 750 cm3. De nombreux pilotes se sont sentis piqus d'tre dpasss par une Abarth, ce qui est peut-tre une des raisons du choix du scorpion comme emblme de la marque.Cet exemplaire a pass 30 ans entre les mains de Rik Beeson, de Santa Cruz, Californie, un passionn ayant possd de nombreuses Fiat-Abarth. En 2001, cette voiture a t achete par un autre Californien, Dana MacDuff. A cette poque, elle tait encore largement en tat d'origine et des marques d'anciens numros sur le capot et les portes trahissaient une activit en comptition avant l'acquisition par Beeson, en 1971 environ.Quand MacDuff en a fait l'acquisition, la voiture tait pratiquement complte, y compris les garnitures intrieures, comme en tmoignent des photos rcemment fournies par MacDuff. L'actuel moteur, n693328, rcemment restaur, a t fourni par Beeson peu aprs l'achat par MacDuff. Il s'agit d'un vrai moteur Abarth Mille Miglia 750, avec un vilebrequin usin et les marquages Abarth corrects, dont des photos figurent au dossier. Ce moteur est quip d'un carburateur Weber 32 IMP/e conforme, ainsi que d'une culasse et de collecteurs d'admission et d'chappement Abarth. La voiture prsente des jantes Abarth d'origine, de mme qu'un volant et un compteur de vitesses conformes.Cette Fiat-Abarth a t achete en 2005 environ par son actuel propritaire, qui a pu mener le projet son terme et obtenir le prsent rsultat, superbe. La magnifique carrosserie de couleur rouge est complte par des siges en cuir brun et des tapis brun clair. Aujourd'hui, la voiture est quipe de nombreux accessoires d'origine comme le verre Sekurit, des optiques Lucas, un distributeur Magneti Marelli, des phares Raydyot, ainsi que le dsirable moteur Mille Miglia avec ses composants d'origine. Certaines pices comme les supports de feux arrire taient en excellent tat de prservation et ont t soigneusement restaurs pour tre la hauteur de la prsentation gnrale. Cette voiture constitue un des moyens les moins chers d'acqurir une carrosserie dote de l'tonnante Double Bosse Zagato, et elle reprsentera un apport de valeur n'importe quelle collection, tout en tant ligible un grand nombre d'vnements historiques.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RMs Arizona event, January 15-16, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$225,000 - $275,000 265 bhp, 4,235 cc overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.An excellent, original Preservation class E-TypeUsed by its original owners on their European honeymoonWonderful original paint and interior, with a matching-numbers drivetrain and a factory hardtopOnly 23,086 miles from new, with extensive documentationThe 1961 Geneva Motor Show marked a landmark moment in automotive history, as Jaguar proved that it still had some of the best designers in the industry and could indeed improve upon the breathtaking XK120 and its successors with a completely new car. The E-Type instantly stole the hearts of everyone at the show, and it was no surprise to Jaguars dealers that they could hardly keep them in stock. This, coupled with a new independent rear suspension, a top speed of 150 mph, and other improvements from lessons learned from the D-Type in racing, made the E-Type just as wonderful to drive as it was to look at.The E-Type was introduced in 1965 and was originally offered with Jaguars venerable 3.8-liter straight-six and 4.2-liter powerplant, which was carried through from the XK150 S. Even though the 4.2-liter engine offered the same amount of horsepower as the 3.8, its torque was increased, allowing for better tractability in every-day driving. Other minor changes were also introduced at the same time, including a fully synchronized gearbox, a new brake booster, and adjustable seatbacks. The exterior remained unchanged, however. The updated E-Type was indeed the car that Enzo Ferrari had called the most beautiful car ever made.The car shown here is probably one of the best original, unrestored Series 1 E-Types remaining. It is still finished in its original paint, including the paint on the hardtop, and its original black interior. The car remains in what the owner describes as preservation condition, with only a few minor, age-related scars of patina but no accident damage, and it has never been apart. The mileage is an amazingly low 23,086.Included with the sale of the car is an extensive book of original documentation, which features the invoice to its original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Nelson, from British Motor Car Distributors of Portland, Oregon, which is dated August 30, 1966. The invoice notes, mistakenly, its original color as White, when it was actually Pale Primrose, as white was not an color option at the time. The invoice also states that the car had a black interior, black hardtop, an AM radio, chrome wire wheels, and tinted glass, all of which are still happily present on the car. Also included on file is a map of Europe, showing where the Nelsons drove this car on their honeymoon before returning it to Oregon. The head and block numbers are matching, proving that the car is still equipped with its original engine, gearbox, and body, as well as all of its original paintwork. All books and tools are, of course, included. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate has been applied for to accompany the history binder in time for the sale.For the owner who desires not a 100-point concours queen but a wonderfully preserved original and unrestored E-Type with factory workers fingerprints still on it, this is an unbeatable opportunity to acquire one of the best.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Arizona event, January 15-16, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$225,000 - $275,000 265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and a sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.Original Carmen Red with black interiorLimited long-term ownershipRestored by marque specialists Low mileage since completionThe launch of the Jaguar E-Type at the Geneva Motor Show in May 1961 is the stuff of legend. Factory driver Norman Dewis piloted a brand-new coupe 610 miles overnight from London to Switzerland for the launch. The car was such a sensation that another had to be shipped over for display, as Dewis was busy giving rides to the press. Fifty-four years later, an E-Type will still draw a crowd on a busy street.Aircraft designer Malcolm Sayer penned the original monocoque D-Type, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times between 1955 and 1957, but Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons was concerned that the new technology had not really been passed down to street cars, so he directed Sayer to come up with a brand-new car. This car was the E-Type, and it delivered a combination of startling performance and stunning good looks at a bargain price. It was also the first Jaguar road car not designed by Lyons himself.At introduction, the convertibles $2,454 MSRP was $1,500 less than a Chevrolet Corvette and almost $20,000 less than a Ferrari 250 GT. The E-Types covered headlights and dainty taillights were key elements in the overall elegance of design that has seldom been matched in the automotive industry, including by Jaguar itself.The E-Types technology was cutting-edge. The car had independent suspension on all four wheels, with torsion bars up front and coil-over shocks at the rear. Steering was rack and pinion, and the brakes were four-wheel Dunlop discs, with the rear brakes inboard by the differential. The body was a monocoque back from the firewall, with huge boxed sill and cross braces. In front, a tube sub-frame bolted on to the firewall carried the engine, which was located in the front suspension. The elegant bonnet tipped forward for unparalleled engine access.The E-Type was powered by the 265-horsepower engine with triple SU carburetors from the XK150 S, and it was good for 150 mph, partly due to the superior aerodynamics, which also made the cars quiet at speed. Running changes were made in the early cars so that only the first 300 had flat floors, which didnt leave the driver much room to heel and toe. The first cars also had a welded louver panel on each side of the hood, which were later stamped directly. After 500 cars, the bonnet latches were moved inside.Surprisingly, although the E-Type was shorter than the XK150 it replaced, the cockpit was more spacious. The driver faced the speedometer and tachometer directly (just like the new Mark 2 Sedan), and a center binnacle carried additional gauges, which were located above the signature row of toggle switches.The 1962 Jaguar Series 1 3.8 Roadster on offer was recently restored by marque specialists in California. This E-Type was primarily a western car, with documented limited ownership and numerous original service receipts to support this. It was restored in its original Carmen Red and black interior, which was matched with a new black convertible top made by trimmers in Classics upholstery department. They also installed new interior panels, new carpeting, and new leather on the seats.The E-Type also received an overhaul of its major systems and components, with the upgrades including a new radiator header tank, a new exhaust system, a new hydraulic system, and much more. To improve performance, it received an electronic ignition system and gear reduction starter, as well as an aluminum radiator. The E-Type's instruments were restored, and the electrical system was serviced or restored where necessary. The car also retains its original AM radio, which is in perfect working order. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate accompanies the car, along with a DVD of the restoration process.With an exceptionally well-maintained history and highly collectible status amongst collectors, this example is an excellent choice for the Jaguar collector seeking an early E-Type in a fabulous color combination that they can show, drive, and enjoy.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Arizona event, January 15-16, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$150,000 - $200,000 265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and a sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.Desirable Series 1 E-Type Fixed Head CoupeOpalescent Silver Grey over a tan leather interiorRestored by marque specialists Only test mileage since completionThe E-Type was the first Jaguar road car not designed by Sir William Lyons. Aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayers had penned the D-Type sports racer that won three 24 Hours of Le Mans races back-to-back from 1955 to 1957. For the E-Type, he used his best ideas from the D-Type. The body was a monocoque tub from the firewall back, with steel boxes forming the scuttle, the sills, and various cross-members. A front sub-frame cradled the engine and supported the rack-and-pinion steering and torsion bar suspension. The sub-frame was bolted to the firewall in six places, rather than being welded like the D-Type, which had proved to be expensive to repair. The independent rear suspension was mounted on a separate sub-frame that was bolted to reinforced cross-members and featured inboard Dunlop disc brakes.The E-Type was powered by the same 265-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder from the XK150 S, but it was faster than the XK150, due to improved aerodynamics, which also made it quieter at speed. It was also larger inside, with the speedometer and tachometer in front of the driver and additional gauges in a central binnacle above a row of toggle switches. The coupe proved both faster and quieter than the roadster, and its rear hatch opened to one side, for ease of loading items like golf clubs.The combination of stunning good looks, a 150-mph top speed, and a bargain price kept the E-Type in the forefront of American dreams until the appearance of the 1968 Series II, which lost the covered headlights and dainty taillights and whose performance was hampered by stricter emissions regulations. Once early teething troubles had been solved, the 19621967 Series I E-Types became the model to own.The car on offer has been restored by marque specialists in California. It was stripped to bare metal, placed on a rotisserie, metal-finished, leaded, and, along with all of the body parts and chrome, fitted to the car. The car was then primed, sealed, painted with a base clear coat, color-sanded, and buffed in Opalescent Silver Grey. All components were rebuilt to factory specifications, including the original engine block, the transmission, the rear end, and the suspension. Finally, all of the chrome trim was replated. The car also received a new tan leather interior, which was made from the proper matching materials. With no expense spared, great attention to detail was paid to ensure that the car had the superb fit and finish of a high-level restoration. A DVD of the restoration is included with the car.This E-Type is perfect for the buyer or collector who always wanted an exceptional Jaguar Fixed Head Coupe. We would recommend close inspection of this fine, highly collectible example, which is ready for the show circuit and driving enjoyment.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RMs Arizona event, January 15-16, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$375,000 - $475,000 265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and a sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.An early example with outside bonnet latches, flat floors, and welded bonnet louversStunning black over a red leather interior; fitted with correct hard- and soft-topsMatching-numbers car, as confirmed by its JDHT CertificateComplete restoration by marque specialists Low mileage since completionUp until the mid-1950s, Jaguar was a well-respected builder of sporting cars, most notably the highly successful XK series and the pre-war SS Jaguars. But, everything changed in 1951.That was the year of the first of Jaguars victories at Le Mans, where the winning C-Type was soon followed by the even more competitive D-Type, which began to win in 1955. Over the space of about five years, the automaker transformed from a small British boutique to one of the most fearsome builders of serious race cars on the planet.Their problem was that their passenger cars were a poor reflection of their on-track prowess. How did one reconcile the stunningly aerodynamic C- and D-Types with the old-world charm and styling of an XK150? Jaguar aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayers answer was to bring their racing and passenger car efforts together, and the result changed the sports car world forever.The drivetrain of the 1961 E-Type picked up where the XK150 left off, offering the triple-carbureted, 265-horsepower, 3.8-liter straight-six from the S-specification XK150 and the same four-speed Moss transmission. All new, however, was a fully independent suspension that proved so successful that Jaguar would use variants on the same architecture underneath every car they made through to the late 1980s. Perhaps most important, from a performance standpoint, was its unitized body construction, which helped to drop curb weight by more than 300 pounds. As a result, with the same engine and transmission as the XK150 S, 060 times dropped by a full second to 6.3, the car could lope along at 145 mph with two people and luggage, and the all-independent suspension enhanced [your] driving, as Car & Driver put it.And clothing it all, of course, was the immortal new body, in roadster and coupe form. Despite influence from the C- and D-Types, the E-Type was not designed in a wind tunnel. Instead, Sayer sculpted it with a combination of instinct and mathematical formulae, both of which proved to be absolutely correct. Not only was the car a popular hit from the moment it appeared, but later aerodynamic studies and race track wins confirmed that it was right in every regard.So popular was the E-Type that the small Jaguar factory was behind on orders for the next four years, meaning there was no compelling reason at all to make major changes to the car until 1964. Rather than large-scale differences, early E-Type enthusiasts look for the small clues that differentiate their cars, such as this examples chromed escutcheon external bonnet latches, which are found only on early examples.The car on offer can be considered perhaps the most desirable model, in that it is a very early production car with a number of features that were soon changed. The first cars were delivered in March 1961, all for export. as domestic production did not start until July. As one of the first three hundred E-Types built, this car features flat floors and exterior bonnet latches. By chassis 301, the floors were dished to allow for more foot room, while the outside bonnet latches continued for a further 200 cars, to chassis number 500, when they were moved inside.This car, chassis number 875157, was originally purchased by F.P. Thorson from Jaguar Cars in New York City on September 22, 1961. It appears to have spent a good proportion of its life in California, in the hands of two collectors, before it was restored by marque specialists in California. They proceeded to bring the car up to show condition, in every respect, as it appears today. The painstaking restoration of this early E-Type extends to every aspect. The work has been documented and photographed, and NOS parts were used wherever possible. The vehicle was disassembled, the interior was removed, and all items were documented. The bodywork was examined and carefully reworked before being sealed, primed, painted, clear-coated, color-sanded, and buffed to its gleaming black finish.All of its systems were inspected and restored or replaced, where necessary. The transmission and clutch were rebuilt, along with the hydraulic system, and all grommets, seals, and hardware were replaced. The brightwork was replated, and a new interior was fitted with red leather in the correct material. Both a restored black hardtop and properly fitted soft-top are included, completing the Jaguars stunning look. Finally, it rests on beautiful polished chrome wire wheels with Dunlop Roadspeed tires.Included with the sale of this handsome Roadster is a JDHT Certificate, an owners manual, and a radio blanking plate. Due to this cars significance as an early matching-numbers Series 1 E-Type, no expense was spared when returning it to a condition that was as good as when F.P. Thorsen first fell in love with it in the Jaguar Cars New York showroom almost 54 years ago.

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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Arizona event, January 15-16, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$275,000 - $325,000 265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple HD8 SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission with full synchromesh, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shocks, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links and twin coil springs, and four-wheel Dunlop twin-circuit hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.Freshly restored in beautiful colorsOriginal matching-numbers engineDesirable hardtop and wire wheels and subtle mechanical upgradesAn outstanding drivers E-TypeJaguars E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show, but further development continued, and for the 1965 model, the gearbox was given full synchros and the seat backs were made adjustable. A new brake booster was also adopted, and the engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability in every-day driving.The car retained its pure form, with no external changes being made, but it was now more comfortable and responsive on the road. Road & Track enthused that it was possible to drive at 15 mph in fourth gear without jerking or back-lashing, all the while achieving up to 21 mpg. But for many, its greatest asset was that it looked the part and that nothing else looked like it. Whether labeled E-Type or XK-E, as it was sold in the United States, it made a statement about its owner and all who rode in it.Not long afterwards, the onslaught of safety and emissions regulations began having their way with the E-Type, resulting in the alteration of both its appearance and its performance. For this reason, these Series 1 cars, built from 1961 to 1966, are most highly prized.The first-series Roadster offered here is noted on its JDHT Certificate, a copy of which is on file, as being a matching-numbers car with its original body, chassis, and engine. It was freshly restored by the consignor and refinished in its original color, Silver-Blue, with its interior changed from black to the present dark blue. The hardtop was refinished in the body color, and six-inch-wide wire wheels shod in Michelin tires were mounted. Mechanically, the car has been upgraded with an alloy radiator, a large fan (to avoid cooling problems), and a differential rebuilt with 3.23:1 gears, while a 15-inch steering wheel allows more room for the driver. The consignor believes that the 56,000 miles showing are original.This sparkling E-Type has been beautifully prepared for a new owner to drive and enjoy, and it is certainly among the nicest offered today.

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