“If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.” John Bolster, Autosport.
Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Its design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine.
The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, ‘S’ unit first offered as an option on the XK150. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type’s performance did not disappoint: firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) less than the XK150; and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
In 1965 the 4.2-litre version arrived, boasting a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, together with the bigger, torquier engine.
Proposed changes in United States automobile legislation would eventually result in the revised Series 2, announced in October 1968, though modifications began to be phased in during 1967.
Externally the Series 2 was readily identifiable by its larger sidelights, raised bumpers, deleted headlight covers, twin reversing lights and square rear number plate, while the interior was revised with rocker-type dashboard switches, new seats and collapsible steering column.
Beneath the skin, Ad-West power steering, Girling brake callipers and an up-rated radiator were among the many Series 2 mechanical improvements.
This series 2 E-Type roadster started off life in New York, being originally purchased by Leasco as Saul Steinberg’s personal car.
Saul Steinberg was an American financier and businessman, and the founder of Leasco. He started a computer leasing company which he used in the audacious and successful takeover of the much larger Reliance Insurance Company in 1968. He was best known for his unsuccessful attempts to take over Chemical Bank and Walt Disney Productions in 1984.
This particular E-Type has been meticulously restored by Lee Scott as his own vehicle.
The shell was completely stripped and rebuilt to a new shell standard. Mr Scott has been professionally restoring classic cars for nearly thirty years now, starting with an apprenticeship with a Rolls Royce specialist, and in 1995 starting Lee Scott Restorations, specialising in Jaguar.
He has had many features in Jaguar World magazine and completed several project cars for this as well as other magazines. The body was then painted back to its original opalescent silver using the original jaguar factory paint scheme. The engine has been fully refurbished as has the gearbox and differential.
The car has been built to European specification and thus is currently running the superior triple SU carburettor set up, which have also been rebuilt. The braking system has been fully replaced with all new parts, and the car has five new MWS wire wheels with all new tyres, all of which has covered under 10 miles.
The interior has also been fully restored to a very high standard using the world renowned Mick Turley formally of Suffolk and Turley.
This vehicle comes with a full photographic history of its restoration, as well as a folder with all the original invoices for what has been spent on it, a current MoT and UK V5 registration papers. One of the best examples in the UK, the quality of work must been seen to be appreciated.
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|Auction||Blenheim Palace July 2015|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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