On its Geneva Show debut in March 1961 the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by a 150mph top speed and 0-60 and 0-100mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed. Such impressive figures and combined with superb handling and a very amenable character, made for a hugely successful car.
In October 1964 it was superseded by the 4.2 litre model; apart from the capacity increase from 3,781cc to 4,235cc and improved torque but the same power, it boasted a new all synchromesh gearbox, improved brake servo and seats, an alternator and the dashboard was now leather faced rather than aluminium dashboard. Motor magazine road tested an 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 ¼ mile never failed to astonish. 3,000 miles of testing confirms that is still one of the world’s outstanding cars.”
This example of Jaguar’s legendary E type is a Series 1 4.2 roadster and with this specification makes it one of the most sought after E type models. Originally a US car but with triple SU carburettors. The engine is said by the vendor to be in excellent condition and that the bodywork and chassis are also good. This E-Type would benefit from having new paint work and allow the new owner to turn this into a fine example. It comes with an extensive history file and a heritage certificate and is a wonderful opportunity to own the classic British open topped sports car and a ‘60s icon.