On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results that not only recorded a 150mph top speed, but also 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and the match of any exotic thoroughbred then available, combined with superb road-holding and remarkable docility.
One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree that 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 fifties 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.
Only 1,705 right hand drive roadsters were built between 1964 and 1967 with this particular example first registered on the 16th November 1967. It was supplied by Henley’s of London in the rare and highly desirable Opalescent blue with dark blue interior and chrome wire wheels; a superb combination for this stunning car. The previous owner informed the current owner that the 4.2 litre engine had a complete rebuild within the past 5 years and no more than 7,000 miles have been covered since then. It has all matching numbers as the Heritage Certificate confirms.
This car has had a beautiful new interior to the exact original specification by the best people in the classic trim business and a new black mohair hood. The body and other mechanics are is superb condition which makes this car an ideal appreciating investment.
Included in the history file is a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, V5 document, and an MoT certificate valid until 4th February 2016. Beautifully presented and a highly usable and delightful E-Type.