At its reveal at the Geneva motorshow in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused quite a stir, a beautiful 150mph car available at half the price of an Aston Martin. Manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975, a combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing ensured the car was an instant legend. In period, a Ferrari cost three times more and supplied less horse power which established the E-Type as an icon not just of 1960s motoring but of British culture. The model became a great success for Jaguar; at its release Enzo Ferrari called it "The most beautiful car ever made". The model was made in three distinct versions which are now generally referred to as "Series 1", "Series 2" and "Series 3". A transitional series between Series 1 and Series 2 is known, unofficially, as "Series 1½". For collectors today, the earlier cars are the most desirable.
This example offered by DK Engineering is a superb Series 1 4.2 Fixed head coupe, arguably the pick of the bunch - benefitting from the aesthetics of the earlier cars but with the improved slightly later engine and transmission. Originally supplied new in January 1965 to Dr Laurence Saunders via Jaguar Motorcars, New Yok in Primrose with Black trim this car has led the majority of its life on the American side of the pond. Benefitting from a long spell in California, this E-Type had never been allowed to deteriorate to the sad state that many UK based E-Types have. That said despite being largely rust free it was decided in 2009 to commission a nut and bolt restoration with the renowned “XKs Unlimited” in San Luis Obispo, California
The comprehensive restoration lasted two years and was completed in 2011, the work undertaken included renewal and overhaul of the Engine, Gearbox, complete suspension and braking systems, as well as cosmetically a strip to a bare shell and repaint, new brightwork and completely retrimmed interior. It was decided to finish the car in an appropriate shade of British Racing Green, with black interior. It was also decided to upgrade the car and some of these upgrades include, Forged High compression Pistons, big valve high performance cylinder head with performance cams, high performance Exhaust system, Alloy Radiator with Cooling fan, Electronic Ignition and triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors, this work costing in excess of $107,000. These upgrade were all made with Touring in mind and so suitably this continued through into the interior where period style rally stopwatches adorn the aluminium dash, straps for a spare wheel in the boot and most importantly an Air Conditioning system - very important as Fixed Head E’s are known to become rather hot on summer’s days.
Since the restoration this special Jaguar has been shown at a number of prestigious concours including Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, the Rodeo Drive Concours and most notably at the “The Quail Motorsports Gathering” a founder member of the “Best of the Best” - the premier league of worldwide Concours D’Elegance. In 2018 this E-Type returned to British Soil for the first time since leaving the factory in 1964.
Today the car presents extremely well following a recent overhaul at CKL Developments totalling £15,000 which ensures that this car is as sharp as it was following its two year restoration. Now presented on attractive and period correct registration of “9111 WK” the car is accompanied by a comprehensive history file including detailed photographic restoration record, FIVA passport, Heritage certificate (which both confirm the car to retain its matching numbers engine) and a many invoices. The car’s restoration has aged very nicely and the car presents extremely well on its painted competition wire wheels. A well set up and very attractive E-Type perfect for continental touring.
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