1967 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series ISOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $125,000-$150,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $121,000

Specifications:
265bhp, 4,235cc overhead valve twin cam inline six-cylinder engine, three SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

William Lyons had a keen eye for style and distinguished taste, but he was not a trained engineer. While Lyons had personally drafted the designs for all previous Jaguar models, recognizing the significance of the E-Type, Lyons enlisted the expertise of Malcolm Sayer, a brilliant mathematician and aerodynamicist who had formal training as an engineer and a passion for automobiles. Under the direction of Lyons, Sayer shaped the body of the XKE and created what many consider the most beautiful automotive design ever.

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-Type created a lasting impression. It possessed the three most important attributes a car enthusiast could desire: blistering performance, stunning beauty and a relatively affordable price tag. The E-Type was capable of 150mph, faster than most Ferraris at the time, yet it carried a price tag one third that of its competitors from the Italian marque. Sacrificing nothing to the Italians, the XKE also had looks to die for, with sweeping lines and an aggressive yet undeniably sensual stance.

First outfitted with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and three SU HD8 carburetors producing 265 horsepower, in 1964, the 3.8-liter unit was replaced with a 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine. While rated horsepower remained the same, the longer stroke 4.2-liter engine provided a meaningful increase in torque. It also acquired a much-needed fully synchronized gearbox.

Jaguar also replaced the positive ground electrical system with the now traditional negative ground. In the interior, a matte black dash replaced the traditional but reflective aluminum dash. Jaguar had taken what it learned on the track and applied it to the E-Type. The monocoque passenger compartment, tube-framed engine bay and tilting hood clearly came from the D-Type. The E-Type also had four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes with the rear discs fitted next to the differential to reduce unsprung weight and, most importantly, it had a fully independent suspension at all four wheels.

The 1967 Jaguar E-Type Roadster presented here in red with a black top and black interior is an outstanding matching numbers example of what many consider to be the most refined automobile of the entire XKE production run. The Jaguar specialists at Classic Showcase performed a comprehensive restoration on the E-Type with the aim of making it an outstanding driver in show quality cosmetic condition.

The body was stripped to bare metal, fitted, finished, and repainted. The engine and all other mechanical components were serviced, rebuilt, or replaced as needed, including the fuel delivery, exhaust, brake, and electrical systems. All the trim and brightwork has been replaced or re-plated. The interior was fitted with new carpets, panels, seats and a new dash with new instruments. A new battery and convertible top have also been installed. The entire restoration process has been documented with photographs, which will be included in the sale of the Jaguar.

Possessing a top quality restoration and being a Series I roadster with covered headlights and the larger 4.2-liter engine, this is a very desirable E-Type that offers its next owner elegance, grace and open air motoring at its best.

Reference Number 10111

as of 6/1/2007

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Car 1967 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 3.8L series I
VIN 1E12116 
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