One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch at the Geneva Show in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree: 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively. It could be bought for just over £2,000, almost half the cost of an Aston Martin or Ferrari. A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated 1950s sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 ‘S’, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios.
Beneath the William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either closed or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.
Motor magazine road tested a UK spec E-Type 4.2 in 1964. They summarized it as “The new 4.2 supersedes the early 3.8 as the fastest car Motor has tested. The absurd ease which 100mph can be exceeded in a 1⁄4 mile never failed to astonish. 3,000 miles of testing confirms that this is still one of the world’s outstanding cars.”
This lovely Matching Numbers car was originally registered in the United States and has more recently been imported to the UK. Restoration work has been carried out including a full body respray as well as renovation to the engine, gearbox and carburettors. Offered with a UK registration document and new Mot it is described to be in good working order and to drive very well.