Lot 311: Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster
265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU carburettors, four-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,438 (96") " Just 38,600 km from new; a rare European-delivery; LHD example " Highly desirable 4.2 Series I Roadster; complete with factory-original hardtop " Well documented provenance; expertly maintained by Eagle Racing since 1997 Supplied new to Mr B. Lec, who used it primarily for trips to Continental Europe, this highly desirable left-hand drive, European-delivery 4.2-Litre Series I Roadster was first registered as J241 in Jersey, Channel Islands. It has been driven only 38,600 km (24,000 miles) in its 47-year existence, and its provenance is known and well documented. Since 1997, Eagle Racing took care of maintenance and service, including regular cavity wax injection for optimum preservation. It remains authentic and virtually original, apart from a sympathetic 'exact match' exterior refinish in 2004 and the sensible addition of a modern cooling fan and stainless-steel exhaust. Classic Jaguar expert Chris Keith-Lucas recently viewed the car and gave his independent opinion, As a Series I 4.2 car, it is one of the most desirable of all the E-Type variants for road use. The registration number is brilliant for an E type. This car is attractive, being well-looked after but not concours-quality. Personally, this is how I like a car, and I would love to own it, as it is a really 'proper' car, and not 'tarted-up'. No one has been tempted to put up-rated brakes, non-standard dampers or low-profile tyres on it. The car comes with a detailed Eagle service, check-over and cavity wax processing booklets, Jaguar Cars' 'European Distributors and Dealers' booklet (July 1964 edition) and 'Jaguar 4.2 'E' Type Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook'. It has UK road tax and an MOT certificate valid until 2013. Complete with the factory-supplied hard top, it is obviously a superb addition to any collection, as well as being a very usable E-Type by any standard. Simply beautiful and almost entirely original throughout, it is undoubtedly one of the most desirable examples available today.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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