Autosport International Sale 2019

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1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 FHC

Lot No.: 354

Registration: PNT 540G
Chassis Number: 1E21876
Engine Number: 7E17775-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4200cc
Year of Manufacture: 1968
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 70,000 - 80,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

 

  • Dating from the 5th June 1968 and delivered in Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue leather
  • The Series 1.5 is undoubtedly the best combination of design and function
  • Offered from an important collection of historic motorcars 
  • Recently painted and well maintained during its previous 10-year ownership
  • One of just 375 produced, this Series 1.5 is guaranteed to stand out at any E-Type gathering

 

The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and its combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of 1960s motoring. The Series 1 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 and the engine size was increased to 4.2-litres in 1964, although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial model and it became known, latterly, as the Series 1.5.

It can be recognised by its open headlights, small 'mouth' air intake, tail lights and indicators above the bumpers, and the exhaust tips under the number plate at the rear. 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.

This Series 1.5 Fixed Head Coupe was manufactured on 5th June 1968 and supplied to the Charles Attwood dealer network in Wolverhampton finished in the superb colour combination of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue leather interior. The bodywork has been painted recently and pleasingly retains a good shine, the panel gaps are excellent, and the brightwork presents well. The interior and seats are in lovely condition, the dashboard and switchgear are tidy, the engine bay is presentable and, importantly, the original engine block matches the car's Jaguar Heritage Certificate.

Sold by us in July 2017 from previous ten-year ownership, the car joined an extensive UK-based collection of motorcars amassed by our Australian vendor, and kept in a climate controlled environment. Our vendor has a discerning eye when choosing a Jaguar, having previously owned the ex-Richard Attwood Jaguar D-Type. The car has been used sparingly in the previous year, and having recently turned 70, our vendor is regretfully starting the process of trimming his UK collection. The car was recently serviced in October 2017 by Renaissance Cars, Surrey and has an MoT valid until November 2019. The interesting history file dates back to the 1980s containing its Heritage Certificate, and dozens of older MoT Certificates. The odometer reading shows some 15,810 miles which in a car of this age and condition is largely immaterial.

Incredibly, there were only 375 right-hand drive Series 1.5 Fixedhead Coupés ever built and this lovely example offers a chance to stand out from the crowd at any E-Type gathering.