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1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Roadster

Lot No.: 510

Registration: DXJ 503C
Chassis Number: 1E1132
Engine Number: 7E28239
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4200cc
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Estimate (£): 80,000 - 100,000

With Jaguar's racing pedigree with the 'C' and 'D' types from the 1950s still fresh in people's memories it's no wonder the E-Type captured the hearts and minds of everyone at its launch, and if all E-Types aged as gracefully as the car offered here then it's easy to understand why that affection continues today. Built in 1965, this Series I car is fitted with the 4.2-litre powerplant, often considered the best engine. For the 4.2, Jaguar introduced their own all-synchromesh box, replacing the slightly demanding Moss gearbox, along with improved seating and brakes. The new box allowed faster changes and was well received in the motoring press at the time.

This handsome Series I, 4.2 Roadster was delivered new on 26th February 1965 by Ernest W Hatfield, Sheffield and registered to a J.H Neil & Co Ltd with the Darlington registration, JHN 11. As a ‘home-market' supplied Jaguar, it is 1 of just 863 right-hand drive, 4.2 Roadsters produced.

Purchased by our vendor in 1996 from the Garage on the Green, the vehicle has been thoroughly used and enjoyed ever since, accompanying him and his wife on many European adventures. Servicing has been carried out regularly and the history file shows significant expenditure with leading Jaguar experts over the 20 years of ownership. There are bills for an engine and gearbox rebuild in 2004 by Greencats.

In 2013 the car was sent to respected coachbuilder Nigel Cooper and the bodywork was completely stripped to bare metal. The sills, boot floor, door skins, floor pans and rear wheel arches were attended to and the entire body was treated to a lovely repaint in its current colour of Dark Blue. There are pictures and bills on file documenting the restoration.

In the interests of preserving as many genuine components as possible, the interior was kept largely untouched. The beautifully patinated Claret interior was preserved, along with the steering wheel and gear knob. The bodywork today presents very well indeed, with clean shut lines and very good panel fit. The engine bay is very tidy and the car sits beautifully on its painted wire wheels.

Supplied with MoT Certificates dating back to the 1990s, a large number of invoices and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirming the engine block and head as matching, this Series I Roadster is ready for a new home. Prospective buyers should contact the office for further details or to arrange a pre-sale inspection. Coming from long-term private ownership, this is a superb opportunity to acquire an original and useable E-Type that has been looked after by a true Jaguar enthusiast.