Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

A Gentleman's Collection: The Pride & Passion of Orin Smith

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Lot 133

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 1E 11175
  • Engine no. 7E 4573-9
  • Body no. 4E 2523

$125,000 - $175,000

Without Reserve

To be auctioned on Friday, March 10, 2017


Please note that this lot is titled as a 1966.

265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shocks, and an anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links and twin coil springs; and four-wheel Dunlop twin-circuit hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • JDHT Certificate; matching-numbers engine
  • Well-maintained restoration with the most classic color combination
  • Desirable Becker Europa radio
  • An excellent driver’s E-Type, much-enjoyed favorite of Orin Smith


Jaguar’s E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show, but further development continued, and for the 1965 model, the gearbox was given full synchros and the seat backs were made adjustable. A new brake booster was also adopted, and the engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability in everyday driving.

The car retained its pure form, with no external changes being made, but it was now more comfortable and responsive on the road. Road & Track enthused that it was “possible to drive at 15 mph in fourth gear without jerking or back-lashing,” all the while achieving up to 21 miles per gallon. But for many, its greatest asset was that it looked the part and that still nothing else looked like it. Whether labeled E-Type or XK-E, as it was sold in the United States, it made a statement about its owner and conferred “coolness” to all who rode in it.

Not long afterwards, the onslaught of safety and emissions regulations began having their way with the E-Type, resulting in the alteration of both its appearance and its performance. For this reason, these Series 1 cars, built from 1961 into 1967, are most highly prized.

The beautiful Series 1 Roadster offered here was one of Orin Smith’s favorite automobiles to drive in his collection. Finished in the classic color combination of British Racing Green with a biscuit interior, and with chrome wire wheels, it is the epitome of the modern British sports roadster of the ’60s. Further, it retains the correct chassis number stamping on the frame, and the stampings on both the block and head both match. Appropriate to an automobile that Mr. Smith loved and enjoyed driving with enthusiasm, the interior shows light wear, while the paint remains in thoroughly excellent shape throughout, with light marring visible only on the upper edge of the deck lid. The dashboard contains a Becker Europa radio and clear, fine original gauges, with the odometer noted at 58,082 miles, a figure believed original.

Offered with a reproduction owner’s handbook and a collection of invoices from Mr. Smith’s ownership, this E-Type is ready for enthusiastic use, just as it has seen on the roads of Vero Beach for the past several years.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Konrad Trapler

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+1 808 754 0360
Ontario, Canada

Konrad Trapler joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in the fall of 2016.

 

A lifelong auto enthusi... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more