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.
This original right hand drive car was manufactured on 26th February 1968 and delivered with cream paintwork and a black interior; the car was then exported to Australia before being repatriated to the UK in 1970. The car was resprayed red and was subject to a thorough restoration in 1994 and has been well maintained since.
Work includes Coopercraft front brakes, uprated suspension and a 123 electronic distributor. The engine was professionally rebuilt in 2009 and a stainless steel exhaust system was fitted.
It had a new Suffolk and Turley hood and the hood frame was also refurbished at this time. Recent work includes rebuilt rear brakes, rebuilt shock absorbers, new hoses, new chrome bumpers and wheels with new Pirelli Cinturato tyres.
Said to have an excellent panel fit and drive very well, this original UK delivered car comes with a valid MOT, large history file and V5C registration document.