1966 Jaguar E-Type Coupé 4.2L series I by FruaSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €45,000-55,000

Sold: €37,123

The Coombs modified Jaguar Mk 2 's are well known and even in period were much sort after due to enhanced looks and performance, however the work carried out to the Coombs E types are less documented although many cars were enhanced for customers by the Guildford based Jaguar dealer / specialist.
During this time John Coombs asked Italian designer Pietro Frua to modify a Series 1 4.2 litre Fixedhead E-Type Coupe with the idea of producing a special ' Coombs' edition car as special model in his line-up. This would be the Frua E Type.

A completely revised nose was the most obvious design change, although the result was still unmistakably recognisable as an E-Type. Around 25 cm was chopped off the front and a whole new grill was fitted. The bonnet bulge was replaced by an air-scoop which greatly improved the cars cooling, and on each side of the front scoop two grills were fitted to the front as well. The rear of the car was equipped with a new bumper arrangement and also slightly shortened.

The car made its debut at the 1966 Earls Court Motor Show, painted silver in all its glory. However at the time it did not receive the accolades it deserved and orders for the car were not forth coming, thus chassis no 1E 21041 remains unique. Never the less this car is an important E Type in the history of Jaguar cars.

Having resided in a private European collection for the past few years the car remains in largely original condition, but in good general order. Featured in almost every book on E Types this is a great opportunity to purchase a significant and famous Jaguar, very collectable indeed.

Reference Number 5531

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1966 Jaguar E-Type Coupé 4.2L series I by Frua
VIN 1E 21041