1965 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 4.2L series ISOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Estimate: £37,000-42,000

Sold £38,000

Probably the most readily recognizable of all collector sports cars and certainly the most likely to be heading any serious addict's wish list is the Jaguar E Type. The XK120, 140 and 150 line was always going to be a difficult act to follow, but the E Type rapidly outsold them all. Borrowing much from the race proven technology of the legendary D Type, the first production E Type with 265bhp 3.8 litre engine from the XK150, which it directly replaced, was announced in March 1961. Thanks to low drag bodywork and lighter monocoque construction the performance of both open roadster and hard top coupe E type, initially with headlamps fared in behind wind cheating cowls, was extraordinary for the early 1960's. For in those happy and speed camera-free days, an early E Type driver could enjoy 150mph performance for less than £2,100, being able to out perform virtually all of the more pricey competition.

Improvements for the 4.2 Litre model included, beside the obvious enlargement of the engine, an improved synchromesh gearbox and larger brakes.

The striking example we are proud to offer was supplied new by Jaguar dealers Henly's of Piccadilly in 1965. Most attractively finished in opalescent silver grey with a contrasting dark blue leather interior and a dark blue mohair hood, it also benefits from a rare body-coloured hardtop. In 1990 E20226 has undergone a comprehensive restoration. The vendor then commissioned a partial restoration by respected Jaguar specialists XK Engineering in 2004, which included a complete high quality repaint of the body and the hardtop. At the same time the interior has been retrimmed in dark blue leather with matching dark blue carpets and a new dark blue mohair hood, cover and bag have been fitted. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the owner describes this E-Type as being in excellent condition in every respect. Additionally this British automotive icon has benefited from some subtle modifications to make driving in modern traffic conditions slightly less troublesome without spoiling the driving pleasure one can expect from a well sorted E-Type: to increase the stopping power, uprated Coopercraft front disc brakes have been installed, the ignition was changed to an electronic system and Halogen headlamps provide better vision in the dark. The modern stereo/radio/cd player is cleverly hidden so that it does not interfere with the otherwise unspoilt 1960s aesthetics.

Since in the vendor's ownership the car has always been serviced and maintained by reputable Jaguar specialists; a valuation by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club indicated a value of this E-Type at £ 48,000, even before the interior retrim.

This must be one of the nicest E-Type Roadsters with the desirable 4.2 litre engine and should definitely not be confused with other less well cared for examples. Ready to be enjoyed in the forthcoming Spring and Summer months we have all been waiting for!

Reference Number 7197

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1965 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 4.2L series I
VIN 1E20226 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Grey 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims, Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior