Lot 539: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster
Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-litre version of the Jaguar E-Type came with a more user friendly, all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo as part of the improved specification. The car's top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility. This highly desirable, left-hand drive, E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster was supplied new in Europe to a Mr B Lec and first registered as 'J 241' in Jersey, Channel Islands. Used by Mr Lec primarily for trips to Continental Europe, the car has covered only 38,600km (approximately 24,000 miles) over the past 47 years and comes with well-documented provenance. It remains authentic and virtually original apart from refinishing in its factory livery in 2004 and the sensible addition of an electric cooling fan and stainless-steel exhaust system. Marque specialists Eagle Racing have been responsible for maintenance and servicing since 1997, including regular wax injection of body cavities for optimum corrosion protection. Asked to give his opinion of the car, independent classic Jaguar specialist Chris Keith-Lucas had this to say: 'As a Series 1 4.2 car, it is one of the most desirable of all the E-Type variants for road use. The registration number is brilliant for an E type. This car is attractive, being well looked after but not concours-quality. Personally, this is how I like a car, and I would love to own it, as it is a really 'proper' car, and not 'tarted-up'. No one has been tempted to put up-rated brakes, non-standard dampers or low-profile tyres on it". Included in the sale are Eagle Racing's service, check-over and cavity wax processing booklets; Jaguar Cars' 'European Distributors and Dealers' booklet (July 1964 edition); and 'Jaguar 4.2 'E' Type Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook'. Offered complete with factory hardtop, the car comes with UK MoT and road fund licence valid until 2013. Beautiful and almost entirely original throughout, this gorgeous Series 1 E-Type would make a superb addition to any collection.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
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