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Lot 175 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre Fixedhead Coupe

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££67,880

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 175
Reg. Number LRD 739F
Chassis Number 1E21768
Year 1968
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The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8 litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. Very earlier built cars utilised external bonnet latches which required a tool to open and had a flat floor design. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8-litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964.

The Series 1 can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small “mouth” opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. 4.2-litre cars have more comfortable seats, improved brakes and electrical systems, and an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox. Optional extras included chrome spoked wheels and a detachable hard top for the OTS.

This Series One 4.2 litre Fixed Head Coupe with Webasto roof, has just been extensively refurbished by UK Jaguar specialists Racing Green Cars and is now ready to be enjoyed by its next discerning owner. The engine was completely re-conditioned by two of the best engine shops in the business, the work included the fitment of high-torque cams and the balancing of reciprocating parts for extra smoothness.

The gearbox was reconditioned and a new clutch was fitted at the same time, the differential was also rebuilt. Work on the suspension meant that the bushes were renewed and new Koni shock absorbers were fitted. The braking system was completely renewed, including the fitment of uprated Coopercraft brake calipers.

The exhaust was replaced by a new stainless system and new Pirelli P4000 tyres were fitted to the chrome wire wheels. The bodywork was refinished in Rolls-Royce Velvet Green, and the biscuit interior was treated with re-trimmed leather seats and new carpets. The bumpers, over riders and door frames were all re-chromed, as were other small items as necessary.

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