In 1965, the E-Type was treated to a number of evolutionary upgrades. The engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, and while the rated horsepower was no higher the car had greater torque, which made it more versatile in traffic. The gearbox given full synchros, and the seat backs became adjustable. Brushed aluminum trim in the cockpit was replaced by molded plastic and leather, and a new brake booster was adopted. A larger radiator was also fitted.
Not long afterwards, safety and emission regulations began having their way with the E-Type, altering both its appearance and its performance. So-called “Series 1.5″ cars, an unofficial designation, had exposed headlamps and new switchgear and heralded the start of a new generation of the E-Type model. They are known to be the rarest E-Types of all with only around 2,801 produced in total for both the domestic and export markets.
This gorgeous Jaguar was manufactured in January 1968 and registered in February 1968 through Jaguar cars, New York, USA to Mr K. K. Arnold, who owned the car for some years before it was repatriated back into the UK. In current ownership the E-Type has benefited from an engine rebuild, and mated to triple Weber carburetors which sound fantastic and perform extremely well. The E-Type has benefitted from a recent rolling road set-up courtesy of specialist engineer Ric Wood Motorsport, ensuring it runs and drives as nicely as it looks.
Finished in stunning Carmen Red black leather upholstery and hood, this is a beautiful well-sorted example of one of the rarest variants of the legendary E-Type.