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Lot 131: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre 2+2 Coupé

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

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.' There have been few better summaries of the E-Type's manifest virtues than the forgoing, penned by the inimitable John Bolster for Autosport shortly after the car's debut. Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and a 150mph top speed. The 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 preceding XK150. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door. Its engine aside, only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained. The latter was replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced on the Series 1 in October 1964, a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo forming part of the improved specification together with the bigger, torquier engine. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility. Like its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 was joined by an additional 'family friendly' 2+2 coupé variant on a longer wheelbase. With the 2+2's increased length and additional rear seats came greater headroom, more luggage space, improved heating/ventilation and optional automatic transmission. An early example of its type (the 2+2 chassis number sequence commenced at '1E50001') this right-hand drive E-Type Coupé has the desirable manual transmission option. The car was purchased by the current vendor in 2010 having already undergone partial restoration, including a repaint, much of the work being carried out by Jaguar specialists, Martin Robey. Since then further restoration has been undertaken by D & A Dennis Engineers, of Essex, including £5,500-worth of general works to the chassis, interior, electrics, engine bay, body, etc. In addition, renowned marque specialists, J D Classics have carried out extensive renovation at a cost of circa £44,000. Systems overhauled/parts replaced included the suspension, brakes, sills, carburettors, exhaust, wiring, battery, radiator, fans, heater and sun visors, while the engine has covered fewer than 2,000 miles since a complete 'JD' rebuild (see full breakdown of works on file). More recently, the car has been fully serviced by Racing Green and fitted with a high torque starter motor. Completed in 2004 and described as in generally excellent condition, this ultimate British Gran Turismo is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, Current MoT and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number131
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£31000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£35650
Condition rating1
Registration numberFHJ 39D
Chassis number1E50112
Engine number7E51015-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2