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Sold for: £146,250
The Jaguar E-Type has become a total British automobile legend. It was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and over 70,000 of them were produced worldwide. The success of the E-Type was due in no small part to its stunning looks, high performance and competitive pricing - the equivalent Ferrari of the day was costing three times more and delivering less horsepower! With Jaguar's racing pedigree with the 'C' and 'D' types from the 1950s still fresh in people's memories it's no wonder the E-Type captured the hearts and minds of everyone at its launch, and if all E-Types aged as gracefully as the car offered here then it's easy to understand why that affection continues today. Built in 1965, this Series I car is fitted with the 4.2-litre powerplant, often considered the best engine. For the 4.2, Jaguar introduced their own all-synchromesh box, replacing the slightly demanding Moss gearbox, along with the improved seating and brakes. The new box allowed faster changes and was well received in the motoring press at the time. This original, right-hand drive, Roadster was delivered new to the UK in 1965, and was subject to a total restoration in 1999. Having been with the current owner since 2003 and covering 16,000 enjoyable miles in his possession he tells us that " during this time the car has been maintained in excellent condition and used regularly in the summer months." The Opalescent Silver Grey paintwork still retains a good shine and complements the dark red interior beautifully. The shut lines remain straight and the chrome work is all in good order. The engine bay presents well and will be detailed prior to the auction. Despite being an older restoration, it is clear that this work was carried out by knowledgeable marque experts, as it has stood the test of time very well indeed. Benefitting from subtle modifications, including a stainless steel exhaust system and an electronic distributor, the car "performs superbly and drives extremely well." There is a large service history documenting significant expenditure over the years and it will be supplied with a current MoT certificate. This beautiful E-Type is not a 'show queen' but an original car that has been cared for, driven sparingly and stored correctly by its long-term owner. We welcome pre-sale inspections on this stunning machine, finished in one of the most attractive Jaguar colour combinations.