The 1968 Jaguar Series 1½ E-Type shares the desirable 4.2-liter engine and remarkable body style with its predecessor, the Series I. However, this model, which fell between the Series I and Series II, featured open headlights, twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors, twin cooling fans and adjustable seats. Although the Series 1½ shares the Series I’s body style, the model which was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent exhibit, it is actually a transitional series. Far fewer of the Series 1½ were actually manufactured from 1967-68. At only 1,942 units, this particular model is one of the rarest E-Types produced since its premiere in 1961.
Manufactured in March 1968 during this transitional period, this matching-numbers ‘Series 1½’ was sold new via Jaguar Cars, New York, USA and was originally finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with black interior trim, the same as it is today. This car has the desirable triple SU carburettor induction, and must be among the last despatched to the USA with this feature. We are advised that the car had only two owners in the USA and was well maintained there by an amateur motor sports enthusiast, who used it for auto tests.
In 2013 this E-Type was repatriated back to the UK. On its return, it was decided to overhaul the brakes, suspension, and drive train, and now this outstandingly original example drives very well indeed. Offered with Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, MoT to September 2016, V5C registration document, some 1970s photographs, and a small amount of historical paperwork.