International Trophy Sale 2013

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1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Fixedhead Coupe 2+2

Lot No.: 349

Registration: OUA 819F
Chassis Number: 1E-51118
Engine Number: 7E-54005/9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4235
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Sold for (£): 26,220

It is difficult to imagine the impact that the Jaguar E-Type had when it was launched back in 1961. When the average saloons had a top speed of 70mph and most were desperately dull, the E-Type was an instant sensation. The pre-eminent aerodynamist Malcolm Sayer uniquely applied complex mathematical formulae to create the stunning E-Type shape. Ironically, he hated being called a stylist yet he designed what is arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever seen.

With its top speed of 150mph and a price tag of £2,196 for the fixedhead coupé, it was less than half the price of any of its contemporaries from either Italy or Germany. The E-Type moved the goalposts and it set an entirely new agenda.

The E-Type offered here is a 1968 fixedhead coupé 4.2litre Series 2, 2+2 model with a 4-speed manual gearbox. It is finished in Opalescent Silver Blue and dark blue leather interior with a light patina. The paintwork and bodywork is in generally good all-round condition save for one or two areas on the driver's door where the paint has begun to lightly bubble. We would describe the car as an honest example of a usable classic. The chassis is solid and the vendor has never had any cause for concern with the way the car handles or runs. The engine bay will not win any beauty contests but it is functional and reliable and has recently benefitted from a replaced ignition coil, expansion tank and fresh battery to ensure usability remains.

There are fewer than 40,000 unverified miles on the clock substantiated by some, but not all MoT's. The car has been in long-term current ownership since 1992 and has travelled fewer than 7,000 miles in that time being as it was one of a handful of cars belonging to the vendor.

Offered with current UK MoT and sold on UK V5C registration this is a delightful car that one would be proud to own...