Lot 205

The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster


$109,200 USD | Sold

United States | Los Angeles, California



Chassis No.
1E 10698
Engine No.
7E 2869-9
  • Desirable Series 1 example with larger 4.2-liter engine
  • Upgraded Wilwood front disc brakes
  • Original purchase documentation and Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT) Certificate
  • Includes soft top and hardtop
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This Jaguar E-Type 1 4.2-Litre Roadster was dispatched on 15 March 1965 and delivered to Jaguar Cars in New York. Originally presented in Opalescent Maroon with a black interior and top, the car was sold through Kingsfield Motors Inc. of Englewood, New Jersey, on 19 April 1965. Kingsfield Motors’ salesman P. Marshall sold the car to Edwin Riley of North Bergen. Options listed on the invoice included a hardtop, radio, bumper guards, and a racing mirror. Out the door, Mr. Riley acquired this fine Jaguar for $6,165.50.

The car is believed to have remained in Riley family ownership into the 1980s. At some point in the car’s life, it was repainted to the current shade of black it is presented in today. Exterior features still include the factory hardtop, black soft top, driver’s side Talbot-style mirror, and bumper guards. The car rides on Firestone FR710 thin whitewall radial tires mounted on chrome knock-off wire wheels. Four-wheel disc brakes bring the car to a safe stop, with the front discs having been upgraded to a Wilwood configuration for improved stopping power. The interior is presented in black leather featuring an adjustable wood-rimmed steering wheel, Smiths instruments, and a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio.

Accompanying the car is the original invoice from Kingsfield Motors, Inc., original State of New Jersey Certificate of Ownership, 4.2 E-Type operating, maintenance, and service book, as well as Periodic Maintenance Voucher booklet, pamphlet of Jaguar sales and service centers in the U.S. and Canada, and the Manufacturer’s Warranty pamphlet.

The E-Type is arguably the most iconic road car produced by Jaguar, with Series 1 examples being the most desirable, and especially those powered by the improved 4.2-liter engine.