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Lot 052: Jaguar E-Type S1 2+2 Automatic

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

It may be one of the most beautiful shapes in motoring history but the E-Type Series 1 fixed-head coupe does have one serious drawback  if you are much over 6-foot tall you just won't fit into it! The original car could also accommodate only two people so Jaguar addressed both these shortcomings in 1966 with the launch of the 2+2. With a higher roofline and stretched by 9-inches, it was still powered by the same magnificent 265bhp XK 4.2 litre engine but now had enough room to squeeze in three passengers and a tall driver.

First registered in September 1966, this is an exceptionally well-maintained example that has undergone a process of continuous improvement over the last 20 years although it has been very little used throughout that time. Parts renewed or rebuilt are far too numerous to list here, but the highlights include: a full VSE engine rebuild to lead-free spec less than 500 miles ago; uprated Coopercraft brakes; six-inch chrome wire wheels with 205/70/15 tyres; full interior retrim; new fuel tank; new suspension; new wiring loom; new steering rack; new engine frame; new bonnet; new seat belts; stainless steel exhaust; Panasonic CD player.

The bodywork looks to be in excellent shape with good panel fit all round and nice glossy paint. An automatic model, the car is said to drive beautifully and apparently outpaces a manual E-Type owned by a friend of the vendor! It comes with a huge file of bills detailing all the parts replaced to date and every old MOT back to 1998 showing regular but very sparing use. Due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, it looks excellent value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number052
Estimate£14000-£16000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£12400
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1966
Condition rating0
Registration numberGEE 428D
Mileage-
Chassis number1E50410BW
Engine number7E521519
Engine capacity (cc)4235
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors