The Series 1 E-Type (as it has subsequently become known) was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961 using the triple SU carburetted, 3.8-litre, six-cylinder XK engine from the XK150S. The car continued to be developed over time with the first major changes arriving in 1964 including an increase in capacity to 4.2-litres. There was never a fixed specification or official designation for this interim model, although, with the arrival of the, officially named ‘Series 2’, the early cars became Series 1s and the interim cars, logically, Series 1.5. These cars can be recognised by their open headlights, small ‘mouth’ air intake, tail lights and indicators above the bumpers, and the exhaust tips under the number plate at the rear. It is undoubtedly one of the rarest of the E-Type variations as just 1,942 were made in right-hand drive out of a total for the model as a whole of 72,515. Enthusiasts claim that it is the best driving and most nimble derivative, and the 4.2-litre engine and all-synchromesh gearbox offered increased power and usability whilst retaining the fabulous looks of the earlier cars.
The car has been cherished with a $100,000 bare metal restoration by professional classic restorers in Texas with photographic history of the works carried out. Engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, wiring, upholstery, exhaust all rebuilt or replaced. What an exceptional car to enjoy and presents an extremely attractive long term investment opportunity.
The current owner has had the following work done in May 2019 by a West Midlands Jaguar specialist: cylinder head removed and valve clearances reset, oil and brake fluid changed, new cylinder head gaskets, carburettors rebalanced. The car is a matching numbers vehicle.