This left-hand drive E-type Roadster was supplied new to Texas, returning to Europe in 1993 to find a new home in Holland. The car was mechanicly restored between 2004 and 2007 with no expense spared and is presented in stunning condition.
Beautifully finished in light blue with a dark blue - new - leather interior and blue soft-top, it has covered only a few hundred kilometres since the restoration's completion and remains in excellent condition. A must for any Jaguar collector, this stylish Open Two Seater is offered with original US Certificate of title and a Dutch registration document.
The Jaguar E-type was launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. It was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two seater FHC or Fixed Head Coupé form and as a roadster, convertible or Open Two Seater. A 2+2 version with a lengthened wheelbase was released in 1966.
The Series 1 E-type initially used a triple SU carburettor 3.8-litre 6-cylinder Jaguar XK engine, first seen in the XK 150 SE. After some 97 RHD and 407 LHD E-types had been completed, the distinctive external bonnet catches were superseded by internally operated ones.
The first 534 RHD cars and 2086 LHD examples built had flat floors which were then modified with a dished area to assist taller drivers. Thus these cars are relatively rare and therefore more valuable. The 3.8 litre engine was replaced by a 4.2-litre version of the XK engine in late 1964.
The Series 1 can be recognised by its glass covered headlights which was standard until 1967, a smaller mouth opening at the front than later models and combined sidelights/indicators above the slender quarter bumpers.
3.8 litre E-types have leather-upholstered bucket seats, a dotted aluminium centre instrument panel and console which changed to vinyl and leather in 1963 and a 4-speed gearbox that lacks synchromesh on first gear also known as the Moss box.
4.2 litre E-types have more comfortable seats, improved brakes and electrical systems, and an all-synchromesh 4-speed gearbox. The 4.2-litre cars also have a badge on the tailgate/boot lid proclaiming 'E-type Jaguar 4.2'. 3.8 cars simply have a 'Jaguar' script.
A 2+2 version of the E-type coupé was added in 1966. The 2+2 offered the option of an automatic transmission. The body is slightly longer and and has a higher roof line.
E-type Series 1 1/2 (1967-1968) are transitional E-types: Series 2 features were gradually introduced into the Series 1, creating the unofficial Series 1 1/2 E-type, which retained the Series 1 body style, but had a variety of new features including open headlights earlier cars had problems with misting, despite gaskets, altered switches on some examples, and some de-tuning with a downgrade to twin Zenith-Stromberg carbs, from the original triple SU carbs to meet emission regulations for US models. Some Series 1 1/2 E-types also have twin cooling fans and adjustable seat backs.
E-type Series 2 (1969-1971) can be identified by their open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators under the heavy bumpers, tail lights below the rear bumper, better cooling aided by an enlarged mouth, twin electric fans and oprated brakes. De-tuned in the US, but still with triple SUs in the UK, the engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial 'ribbed' appearance this feature can also be seen in late Series 1 1/2 models.
The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with flick switches being substituted by rocker switches that met U.S Federal health and safety regulations. New seats were fitted for improved comfort. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options. The Series 2 E-type was available in FHC, OTS and 2+2 versions. The 2+2 now had a more raked windscreen with the base of the screen being moved forward to the rear bonnet line.
E-type Series 3 (1971-1974) A new 5.3-litre 12-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine was introduced, with uprated brakes and power steering as standard. The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued and the Series 3 V12 E-type was available only as a Roadster and 2+2 coupé.
The Open car now used the longer-wheelbase 2+2 floorpan. The Series 3 E-type is easily identifiable by the aggressive, slatted front grille in place of the open mouth of earlier cars, flared wheel arches and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. There were also a handful of 4.2 litre six cylinder Series 3 E-types built. These were featured in the initial sales literature but never went into production.
Low Drag E-type coupé (1962/3/4) When Jaguar were considering building a team of competition E-types, aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, the designer of the E-type, created a lower, smoother coupé shape but only one car was built. This was later acquired by Dick Protheroe and raced successfully for a short while.
The same body style was applied to one of the 12 Lightweight E-Types and raced at Le Mans in this form by its German owner, Peter Lindner. Private owners Peter Sargent and Peter Lumsden also modified their Lightweight to have a similar Low Drag body style.
Lightweight E-type (1963-1964) The Jaguar works supported one of their dealers, Coombs of Guildford, who had raced the small saloons very successfully. Coombs acquired an early E-type which was driven for him at first by Roy Salvadori and later by World Champion, Graham Hill. To attempt to compete with the Ferraris which were thinly-disguised racers, Jaguar developed the Coombs car more and more until it evolved into the prototype Lightweight E.
With an aluminium monocoque and alloy engine block, they were considerably lighter and, in ultimate form, the XK engine developed 344bhp. Eleven other examples were built, making 12 in total, of which 11 still exist. They are extremely valuable today. Many replicas have been made of both the three Low Drag E-types and the Lightweight E-Types.
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