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Lot 313: Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Liter Series 1 Roadster

The Scottsdale Sale, Bonhams & Butterfields (19 January 2012)

*4.2-liter inline six-cylinder *Last of the Series 1 models *Four-speed manual transmission *Original California Car *Comprehensive, fully documented refurbishment *Spectacular color combination *Engine rebuilt to factory specs The debut of the Jaguar XK-E (or"E-Type" in the UK) prompted onlookers to respond with accolades in superlative, such as, "most beautiful car ever made!" Fifty years later, one would be hard-pressed to find a car that rivals its style and grace. Lasting 15 model years in three series, there's enough variation among the generations to suit a number of personalities  from authentic sports car to luxurious GT. But, let's be honest: the Series 1 is the one to have. After an engine upgrade late in 1964 to 4.2 liters, the XK-E became even more tractable than before. The result, with its covered headlights, toggle switches, and full instrumentation with center console, may just be the one that has it all. This maroon 1967 XK-E 4.2 OTS ("open two-seater") was manufactured in October 1966 and sold new in northern California; the original owner was a Jaguar Club of North America member who also belonged to the San Francisco JAG Club. The second owner was a JCNA certified judge and good friends with the original owner. Nonetheless, Classic Showcase gave this XK-E a show/driver-level restoration to allow another 45 years of enjoyment. The body was stripped to bare metal and placed on a rotisserie, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base coat, and clear coat, then color-sanded and buffed to the lustrous finish that you see today. But, as you can imagine, a lot was done in-between. The motor and transmission were rebuilt to factory specifications, with the 4.2 machined, hot-tanked, and magnafluxed. All internal components including rings, bearings, timing chain, and water pump were replaced, followed by new gaskets and seals. The head was completely dissembled and machined; new valves and bearing were fitted. All systems including electrical, hydraulic, cooling, and fuel were restored or replaced. Underneath, a new and authentic exhaust system was installed to restore the Jaguar's raspy roar, and the gas tank has been epoxy-sealed and painted. Inside, the XK-E has received a complete new custom-tailored and -fit interior in the correct materials. The top bows were restored, and a new top was fitted and installed along with a boot cover. This fabulous XK-E 4.2, in its spectacular color combination and with only 100 miles under its belt, is ready for a new enthusiast to enjoy. A DVD of the restoration process will accompany this vehicle.

Lot Details
Auction The Scottsdale Sale
Bonhams & Butterfields, Arizona, Scottsdale
Lot Number313
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$125000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$144500
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis number1E13662
Engine number7E10521-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2