Among the greatest of all post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. A direct descendent of the aerodynamic C and D-Type models that so dominated 1950’s sports car racing, its 3.8-litre twin cam engine produced 265bhp and was mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox. Beneath the beautiful William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in coupe or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all independent suspension mounted on detachable sub-frames using double coil springs, dampers and swing arms at the rear with torsion bars and wishbones at the front. Brakes were discs all round, mounted inboard at the back.
October 1964 saw the debut of the 4.2-litre model; apart from the capacity increase from 3,781cc to 4,235cc and improved torque but the same power, it boasted a new all-synchromesh gearbox, improved brakes and reshaped seats, an alternator and a leather-faced rather than aluminium dashboard.
This delightful original Roadster is thought to have had only two previous owners from new, with a mere 28,000 miles recorded. Our vendor purchased the E-Type from a large collection in the U.S., and has lavished much attention on the car since repatriating it into the UK a few years ago.
Finished in British Racing Green paintwork with a black leather interior, this delightful example presents an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy one of the most famous classic sports cars of all time.
|Auction||Fontwell House Goodwood Sep 2017|
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