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1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2 Litre 2+2 Coupe

Lot No.: 247

Registration: PGB 826F
Chassis Number: 1E51197
Engine Number: 7E54476-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4235cc
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Series 1 E-Type (as it has subsequently become known) was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961 using the triple SU carburetted, 3.8-litre, six-cylinder XK engine from the XK150S. The car continued to be developed over time with the first major changes arriving in 1964 including an increase in capacity to 4.2-litres and a raft of detail changes for the '67-'68 model years. There was never a fixed specification or official designation for this interim model, although, with the arrival of the, officially named 'Series 2', the early cars became Series 1s and the interim cars, logically, Series 1.5. These cars still retained the slim rear lights above the rear bumper but the previously enclosed front lights were now open and came with a chrome surround. These were even different to the Series 2 replacements. The seats were restyled and provided much greater comfort than the earlier bucket type. The 4.2 engine now had finned rocker covers, the water header tank was repositioned onto the bulkhead, and an alternator was fitted which put an end to any issues there may have been in the past with electrical and charging problems

It is undoubtedly one of the rarest of the E-Type variations as just 1,942 were made in right-hand drive out of a total for the model as a whole of 72,515. Enthusiasts claim that it is the best driving and most nimble derivative, and the 4.2-litre engine and all-synchromesh gearbox offered increased power and usability whilst retaining the fabulous looks of the earlier cars. By the mid-1960s, the high demand for E-Types prompted Jaguar to offer a third option, for the driver with a young family, in the form of a 2+2 coupé. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort. 

Naturally there are enthusiasts for every iteration of E-Type from the early, flat-floor, Moss-gearbox, skinny seat cars to the voluptuous and voluminous, V12 Series 3, however, those folk that really know, suggest that a Series 1.5 with a longer wheelbase is probably the ultimate, which is exactly what we have here. 

Despatched by the factory on March 27th, 1968 to the supplying dealer, Ritchies of Glasgow, this is an original, UK supplied, right-hand drive E-type 4.2, 2+2 Coupé. It's a rare Series 1.5 and was specified with a manual gearbox and finished in Opalescent Silver Blue with a Black interior. It sits on smart silver wire wheels and has a full-length sunroof.

The V5 shows just two previous owners and the Heritage Certificate confirms all the important numbers. The car appears to have been subject to an earlier restoration and remains in very good condition with even shut lines and the paintwork retains a good depth of shine. The entire interior is really well-finished in a distinctive Blue (French/Azure) piped in White and the carpets are Royal Blue. The engine bay looks tidy and well-maintained and the whole car is nicely detailed and looks cared-for. With an MOT until July 2018 this very usable E-type has the bonus of the 2+2 configuration for taller drivers and occasional rear seating. Opalescent Silver Blue is definitely the colour for a sixties' E-type and with values continuing to rise at an unabated rate, this rare Jaguar requires serious consideration.