Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture, yet not even Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons, could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar E-Type.
When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar stirred passions with its sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. Constructed using methods derived from the D-Type sports racing car, the E-Type was a technical marvel. The light and rigid monocoque chassis used the engine itself as a structural part of the car, with the long and sleek bonnet hinged at the front.
The headlights were beautifully recessed in the fenders, and covered with contoured Perspex for a free flowing design and improved aerodynamics. The car featured 4-wheel independent suspension, disc brakes all around and a 4-speed manual transmission. The proven XK power plant was carried over from the XK150, and made sure the E-Type would exceed the 150mph mark.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed. With spare parts readily available, a number of marque clubs to join and many driving and concours events to attend, the E-Type is an excellent, widely admired collector car.
The model presented for sale today is a fixed head coupe with a 2+2 configuration. Finished in red with black leather (benefitting from an extensive restoration in between 2006 and 2007), the car is a matching numbers vehicle and comes with supplied heritage certificate. The restoration has been thoroughly documented. Please note that the original number plate was ‘OUL212F’, this was changed to ‘OIL4732’ by a former owner who worked in South Africa, where the car spent approximately 20 years under their ownership.
This E-Type has covered just 72,000 miles since 1967 and this is evident from the condition and the high quality of restoration. The vehicle comes with an ample amount of receipts to the order of over £20,000 in the last 18 years. In addition to this, a recent service has been carried out including new spark plugs. The original toolkit and spare wheel are present as well as an aftermarket electronic ignition system for peace of mind.