1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 4.2 ROADSTER
Chassis No. 1E 15876
Engine No. 7E 13929 - 9
British Racing Green with black interior
Engine: six-cylinder in-line, twin overhead camshafts, 4,235cc, 265bhp at 5,400rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent torsion bar, rear, independent coil springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
'In many people's eyes, the Series 1 4.2 is the best E-Type of all, combining the originally unsullied, faired-in headlight styling with the better brakes, seats and gearbox. Hood down, windows up, heater on, this is a real all-year round, long distance traveller and, as usual, you can't believe you are driving around in a car designed down to a price more than 40 years ago.' Simon Taylor, Classic & Sportscar, March 2001.
Many superlatives have been used to describe the classic design of the Jaguar E-Type: sleek, racy, elegant, and sporty. Referred to as the zenith of the Lyons' line, it has been called one of the most beautiful cars ever. In any case, since its introduction in 1961 few cars, if any, have had such universal appeal as the Jaguar E-Type. A worthy successor to the XK Jaguar, the E-Type evoked the lines and style of the successful D-Type, slimmed and refined to create one of the world's most beautiful cars.
Following the initial production series, Jaguar adopted an updated version of the E-Type in 1964 with the enlarged 4.2 litre six cylinder engine. Although not improving the 145mph top speed, the engine had a noticeably increased torque range. An all-synchromesh gearbox and an improved brake servo system were standard to the 4.2 cars. There were also major technical improvements in the clutch and electrical cooling systems. Inside, the interior had better seats, revised dashboard, armrests and a storage compartment on the transmission tunnel.
Our research with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, has confirmed that this Jaguar E-Type was originally supplied to left hand drive, manual specification. Their Heritage certificate also notes that its date of manufacture was 4th July 1967 and that it was dispatched 10 days later. It was original distributed through Jaguar Cars, New York to Marish J. McCullough of Baltimore, Maryland. When new it was finished in Carmen Red livery with black top and black interior. A confirmation certificate issued by the JDHT accompanies the car. Unfortunately successive details of history are not known at this time, except that it has resided in the present European collection ownership for nearly 20 years.
Today, although repainted externally in British Racing Green, the engine bay still wears its original red color and in general this aspect summarizes the car well in that it has clearly received some cosmetic work previously but has never benefited from a full restoration. The odometer records some 83,000 miles, which may well be original to the car. On inspection, we noted that the dash has a more modern radio fitted and with the exception of a spare tire there are no other accessories present.
It is anticipated that the E Type will be running at the time of sale, but the sensible precaution of a thorough re-commissioning prior to proper use is advised. As Simon Taylor's accolade confirms whether the bare minimum of such work be undertaken or the car chosen as the basis for a concours restoration, it will no doubt be a rewarding project for the successful purchaser.