One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. A direct descendent of the C and D-Type models that so dominated Fifties 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 subframes, 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, better brake servo and seats, an alternator and leather-faced rather than aluminium dashboard.
With the Series 2 of October 1969, however, US emission and safety regulations had their way: headlights were open rather than closed, the radiator intake was enlarged, one-piece bumpers replaced the split items with larger sidelamps now beneath and, in US guise only, twin Stromberg carburettors reduced power to just 177bhp.
This lovely example in white with red leather interior was restored in 2012 comes with a Jaguar Heritage certificate and a considerable file of invoices and photos charting the extent of the work carried out with bills for parts alone amounting to some £20,000. This included a full engine rebuild with new pistons etc, new radiator and water pump; electronic ignition; new wiring loom, new brakes and stainless exhausts. The interior was fully re trimmed in red leather and re painted in old English white. A new hood was also made. Since the work was completed the car has covered some 1300 fine weather miles and is said to drive well with an MOT until May 2017 with no advisories. The car comes with an owners handbook, Jaguar Service manual. A rare factory hardtop is also available by separate negotiation if desired. A great example of one of the most beautiful of all Sports cars ever made.