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; it achieved 0-60 and 0-100mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively. Fast indeed, it combined superb roadholding with remarkable docility.
In October 1964 it was superseded by the 4.2-litre model; apart from the capacity increase from 3,781cc to 4,235cc and improved torque but a broadly similar power output, it boasted a new all synchromesh gearbox, better brake servo and seats, an alternator and leather-faced rather than aluminium dashboard. It also boasted improved brakes and broader seats, making it all the more usable.
This car was manufactured on 11th December 1967 and dispatched on the 18th to Henlys Ltd. of Manchester, and transferred to Parkers of Bolton on 23rd January 1968. This fine example of Jaguar’s legendary E-Type is finished in its original colour combination of Carmen red with a black hide interior.
The car underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2013 by specialists MC Automotive in High Wycombe with invoices totalling £44,000.
Work included: body completely stripped down and repaired; fitment of power steering; front brake upgrade; new competition chrome wire wheels fitted; new fuel pump; and refurbishment of fuel tank. Other improvements include seat leather replaced, new body rubber kit, new wiring loom, new halogen headlamps, refurbishment of switches, as well as much other work which is catalogued in the accompanying file.
In February 2014 the car underwent a thorough service and shakedown – to the cost of £6,916 – by Southern Classics of Twickenham. Supplied with a UK V5 document, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and bills for the aforementioned work. The 4.2-litre Series I is regarded as the ultimate E-Type, with this a particularly fine example.
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