1968 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 litre)

Ascot Racecourse, United Kingdom



1968 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (4.2 litre)

The E-Type 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. Conceived and developed as an open sportscar, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961 in Coupรฉ form. The car caused a sensation, spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling, with its instantly classic lines and a 140mph plus top speed. In October 1964, the 4.2 litre model was released. The more powerful engine, all-synchromesh gearbox and Lockheed brake servo formed part of the new specification and made for a much more user-friendly car. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged, but under the skin there were numerous detailed improvements, mainly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating which was upgraded to a more comfortable touring style. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, but the main performance gain from the larger engine was more torque at lower RPM.
This left hand drive European specification E-Type was originally registered to a Belgian solicitor on 8th February 1968. The original handbook is present (in French) as is the service book which shows service dates from 1968 through to May 1979. The second owner of this delightful Jaguar was the original ownerโ€™s son and the third owner is the current vendor who purchased it in July 2005 from the son directly. Presenting extremely well in metallic grey with contrasting red leather interior, this 4.2 litre E-Type sits proudly on wire wheels. Start the engine and the XK engine runs beautifully with good oil pressure. A detailed service history dating back to 2002 accompanies this Jaguar; clearly this has been a very well cared for and much-loved example. The vendor, when he moved to the UK, brought his pride and joy with him and immediately put the car into professional storage facilities where she has remained since, although the car has been run regularly on private land. Supplied with a NOVA certificate, this example, in arguably the most desirable colour combination, awaits a new custodian for the first time in 16 years and only the fourth in 53 years.
*Photographs courtesy of Luke Papworth of Hampshire photography For sale by auction on Saturday 15 May 2021 with Historics Auctioneers, Call 01753 639170


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