1965 Jaguar XKE Roadster

As one of the most legendary production cars in the world of motoring, Jaguar’s iconic E-Type hardly needs an introduction. Automobile enthusiasts and collectors worldwide consider the E-Type to be one of the most beautiful cars ever produced and one of the best Grand Touring sports of the era. With its robust and sonorous twin-cam inline-six, sophisticated independent suspension, and achingly beautiful design, it’s easy to see why it is a cornerstone of our hobby and why everyone from grassroots enthusiasts to world-class collectors wants an E-Type in their stable.

We are pleased to present this gorgeous example of Jaguar’s most iconic sports car, offered here in its most desirable Series 1 4.2-litre Open Two-Seater specification. The Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate on file shows the first owner originally ordered this car as a ‘Personal Export Delivery’ meaning, they collected the car at Jaguar’s Browns Lane works, drove it in the UK for a period (with the registration number DWK 827 C) before shipping it home to the US. It rolled from the factory gates finished in Opalescent Dark Green over a Suede Green interior, equipped with the 4.2-litre engine and manual gearbox. The car’s history is not fully known; however, photos of it in 2011 show it in California still wearing its original color scheme, and while looking a bit tired, it appeared complete and drivable.

This Jaguar was subsequently treated to a photo-documented, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration by marque specialists Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California. It was sold to a private collector in 2018 and has remained in their care through 2022. Now finished in a beautiful shade of British Racing Green, the E-Type is well-sorted and ready for driving enjoyment. The paint and bodywork are excellent, displaying consistent panel fit and a smooth glossy finish. Sparkling chrome wire wheels set off the dark green color, and the car rolls on period-style Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. The interior is trimmed in beautiful dark tan leather, matching carpets, and proper factory-style vinyl on the sills and door cards. Authentic touches include the polished wood-rim steering wheel and a period-correct Blaupunkt radio.

Powered comes from a 4.2-litre XK inline-six, with both the engine block and cylinder head stampings matching factory production records. Lifting the clamshell bonnet reveals a beautifully detailed engine bay with plenty of polished alloy and authentic details and finishes. The undercarriage is authentically detailed, and while it shows signs of regular use, it is tidy and clean, with updates including a stainless steel exhaust. Records on file show the owners fastidiously maintained the car via a respected restoration shop, and it is now very well-sorted for the road.

The popularity of the E-Type is nearly universal, with great examples found in world-class collections and occupying space in the average enthusiast’s dream garage. This beautifully finished example is the ideal pick for the collector seeking a fastidiously, expertly restored E-Type to show with pride and enjoy to the fullest on rallies, tours, and weekend motoring adventures.

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Stock number 7409

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