Jaguar’s revolutionary E-Type first appeared to a stunned public at the 1961 Geneva Auto Salon. Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer paired up to design the new sports car, meant to replace the ageing XK150. The new car employed a semi-monocoque tub that utilized ingenious bolt-on front subframes to support the engine and independent front suspension. The rear was handled by the now ubiquitous modular independent rear suspension, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type boasted four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front suspension, and initially a 3.8 liter version of the XK’s twin-cam inline six. This high tech chassis was wrapped in a gorgeous body that was quite unlike anything that had been seen before. Beautiful, curvaceous and with just the right amount of aggression, the E-Type was a smashing success from day one. Amazingly, co-designer Malcolm Sayer had no interest in making the car beautiful. He was more interested in aerodynamics and applying his theories toward a functional design. Ironically, the E-Type was not terribly aerodynamically efficient, but it was achingly beautiful. In 1965, Jaguar performed some updates to make the E-Type an even better performer than ever before. The engine was updated to 4.2 liters and 265 horsepower. The new engine was more powerful and gave a generous dollop of torque at the low end. To cope with the extra power, the early Moss gearbox was replaced with a fully synchronized 4-speeder that was monumentally easier to operate. Braking was also improved with the addition of a new servo to add extra shove to the 4-wheel discs. The resulting E-Type Series 1 4.2 could hang with a contemporary Ferrari or Aston Martin at a fraction of the price of more exotic machines. Long considered one of the most beautiful production cars of all time and with the performance to back it up, the E-Type is a perennial favorite among collectors and drivers alike.
This beautiful 1967 4.2 OTS (Open Two Seater, Jaguar parlance for roadster) is a very fine car with a numbers matching engine backed up with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. An original black-plate California car, it is finished in attractive primrose yellow with a black leather interior and correct black vinyl top. It was restored from the ground up to a very high standard by the renowned restoration shop at XK’s Unlimited in California. It is simply beautiful and is ready to be thoroughly enjoyed. This is the most desirable specification for an E-Type: the iconic covered headlamps, the deliciously torquey 4.2 liter engine and the magnificent drop top bodywork. It has been restored to a wonderfully honest and usable standard, sensibly upgraded with a 5 speed transmission and an alloy radiator to aid in cooling. Panel fit is very good, paint quality is gorgeous, and all chrome trim is beautifully restored and expertly fitted. The black interior has been restored using the correct materials throughout. Leather seats are just slightly broken in and delightfully inviting, with the rest of the cockpit rounded out by that iconic three-spoke steering wheel and a period correct radio in the dash, which features full instrumentation and a bank of toggle switches. Performance is strong, with an addictive howl from the 4.2 liter twin cam. Strong four-wheel disc brakes bring the fun to a halt and the suspension has been perfectly set up by XK’s Unlimited. This is a very fine restoration that would make a seriously good event car while at the same time be welcome at a British car show or concours event. The series 1 E-Type is the cornerstone of many car collections and is considered to be a must-have for any fan of classic sports cars. This fine example is sure to satisfy collector and driver alike.
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