Lot 447: 1966 Jaguar E Type Series I 4.2 Roadster
On its Geneva Show debut in March 1961 the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by a 150mph top speed and 0-60 and 0-l00 mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively; fast indeed, and combined with superb road holding and remarkable docility. In October 1964 it was superseded by the 4.2 litre model; apart from the capacity increase from 3,781cc to 4,235cc and improved torque but the same power, it boasted a new all-synchromesh gearbox, improved brake servo and seats, an alternator and the dashboard was now leather-faced rather than bare aluminium. This example of Jaguar's legendary E type is a Series 1 4.2 roadster which makes it one of the most sought after E type models. The car has been recently restored, carried out by Andrew Tart, formally of Classic Motor Cars where he supervised the restoration of 9600 HP, the first E- Type. See Philip Porter's book The Most Famous Car in the World. As one would expect from a recent restoration, the car is described as being in excellent condition. The body was rebuilt at Martin Robey using the original bulkhead with the inner sills reinforced. All chrome work has been renewed, including the bumpers as per 9600 HP.With black paintwork and biscuit leather interior the car is stunning from every angle and has been restored with a host of upgrades to make it more enjoyable and suitable for modern conditions. The engine has been pressure-tested and fully ported and polished and features Carillo con-rods, a Rob Beere 123 high performance electronic distributor, a full stainless steel exhaust system with racing 'headers'. Cooling the engine is an up-rated radiator with thermostatic fan. Reigning in this performance the car are 12" AP ventilated racing front discs and AP racing calipers.The car has covered just under 3,000 miles since the rebuild and is supplied with full photographic records, a MoT test certificate valid until June 2008, V5 registration document and Heritage Certificate.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
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