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Lot 279: Jaguar E-Type Series I, 2+2 Coupé

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Then launched to an eager public in 1961, the new E-Type Jaguar was available in either two seat open sports or two seat fixedhead coupé formats, the latter having a useful opening rear door giving access to the ample luggage compartment. By the mid 1960s, the high demand for the car prompted Jaguar to offer a third option, for the driver with a young family, in the form of a 2+2 coupé announced in March 1966. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort. Of course the rear seat was more suited to children or, as The Motor put it at the time, the car could 'extend Dad's youth for another seven years'. The longer wheelbase also had the added benefit of allowing Jaguar to mate a Borg-Warner automatic transmission to the 4.2-litre engine, thereby further widening the appeal of the E-type. Throughout the life span of the E-type, it has been regarded as one of the most iconic automobile design icons of the 1960's and at the launch, even Enzo Ferrari was quoted as saying that it was the most beautiful car in the world. Wise words. Presented in arguably the best E-Type colour combination, Gun Metal Grey with a contrasting red leather interior, this proper drivers car benefits from a number of subtle upgrades. In 1996, the front brakes were converted to three pot front callipers with new thicker discs and Aeroquip brake lines with Series II units to the rear. Brand new Pirelli tyres and new chrome wire wheels set of the car well with, in recent years, all servicing and maintenance taken care of by classic Jaguar specialist, Alan Collins of Malden, Essex. Indeed, with the 2+2 driving position and the well sorted mechanics, this example represents extremely good value. Also included is a new radiator with Kenlowe fan, new header and fuel tanks as well as many other ancillary parts. Supplied with extensive history, an MoT test certificate valid until August this year and a UK V5C registration document, 1E51022 was often shown in the past and won the 'Epitome of an E-Type' award at the E-Type Club in 2007. This often underrated configured E-Type example is not only priced well but drives well.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
Lot Number279
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£24360
Condition rating
Registration numberLON 592F
Chassis number1E51022
Engine number7E53752-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2