One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch at the Geneva Show in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful 150mph car with a competition pedigree: 0-60mph and 0-l00mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively. It 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 1950s 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 is a superb and completely restored LHD Jaguar E-Type Roadster, 4 – speed manual.
Having been part of a prominent European collection for over 30 years, this matching numbers E-Type is beautifully finished in midnight blue with tan interior and mohair hood, and sits on chrome wire wheels.
A period wireless is fitted and an E-Type in such specification and condition simply leaves no wishes open to its next lucky owner. These still underrated series 2 E-Types against their series 1 brothers, which are now sold at minimum twice their prices, are definitely more agreeable to drive with their non-crash gearbox, and have enough power to cruise on a warm spring or summer day with the top down. A superb investment.