1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US

Sold: $66,000

265bhp, 4,235 cc double overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, trailing lower radius arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Jaguar unveiled the brilliant E-Type at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1961 and in so doing, stunned the motoring community. With its monocoque passenger compartment/tail section, tube-framed engine bay and tilting bonnet, it was clearly descended from the legendary D-Type, but its well-appointed interior, civilized 3.8-liter XK engine, and compliant suspension made it an ideal two-seat touring car and successor for the XK 140 and 150.

The E-Type was immediately successful and its timeless design remains one of the most attractive sports cars ever built. While Sir William Lyons was personally involved in the design of all of Jaguar’s cars, he enlisted the formally trained mathematician and aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer to execute the E-Type’s design. Beyond its fully independent suspension and advanced four-wheel disc brakes, the XKE was also downright fast, with a reported top speed approaching 150 miles per hour. In fact, its high performance levels and superb driving dynamics placed it solidly within range of Ferrari’s GT cars, but at a fraction of the price. In keeping with Jaguar tradition, the E-Type was continuously improved, and for 1965, the proven 3.8-liter engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters of displacement. Its rated horsepower remained unchanged, but a meaningful increase in torque provided greater drivability, which was enhanced by the arrival of a long-awaited, fully synchronized gearbox.

This particular Series I E-Type displays a high-quality cosmetic restoration of an original, low-mileage car. Its flowing lines are beautifully enhanced by the desirable covered headlamps, a new white exterior finish, new brightwork and chrome-plated wire wheels with period style whitewall tires. The cockpit is trimmed in tan leather hides with Wilton wool carpeting and includes the original woodgrain steering wheel. Characteristic of Series I E-Types, this example also features dash-mounted toggle switches, as opposed to the rocker-type switchgear found on later models. In addition, the Jaguar also benefits from a fully detailed engine bay and trunk area.

Many Jaguar enthusiasts consider the late Series I E-Types, produced from 1965 to 1967, to be the most refined and desirable examples. With their larger 4.2-liter engines and various other refinements, they offer peerless style and an incomparable driving experience.

Reference Number 38563

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
VIN 1E15675 
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