Lot 132

London 2015

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupé


£70,000 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom



Chassis No.
1E 32907
Engine No.
7E 8909-9
Swiss Carte Grise
  • Two Swiss owners from new
  • Believed to be 60,000 miles from new
  • Minor upgrades for improved drivability

265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission with a full synchromesh, 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: 2,438 mm

Perhaps Jaguar’s own employees and top brass anticipated the public’s reaction to seeing the E-Type when it was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, but the impact the car had on the automotive industry simply could not have been predicted. The E-Type stole the hearts of everyone at the show and it proved to be just as successful commercially as well. With a top speed of 150 mph, thanks to a handful of technological improvements and lessons learned in racing from the D-Type, the E-Type proved to be a spectacular car in all regards. Enzo Ferrari was even rumoured to have called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever built.

Nineteen sixty-four brought the advent of a number of changes for the E-Type, namely the 4.2-litre engine. Although still offering the same 265 brake horsepower as the earlier 3.8-litre engine, the 4.2-litre motor now offered 83 more foot-pounds of torque. Another major change was the fitment of a new gearbox: a fully synchronized, four-speed manual transmission with a new Laycock diaphragm clutch. Engine cooling was also revised, and there was a new alternator to replace the generator. The brakes were improved with better power-assist, and the seatbacks were now adjustable. These changes greatly improved the overall feel and driving dynamics of the car, improving on Jaguar’s already brilliant design.

This wonderful 4.2-litre Fixed Head Coupé was delivered new to Switzerland, where it resides today, and was purchased by its current custodian’s father in 2002 from the original owner. It is said to be a highly original example, as it still boasts its original interior, which has held up quite well over the years. Looking to drive and enjoy his E-Type on a regular basis, the original owner upgraded the standard ignition to a magnetic one. Drivability was further enhanced by fitting a stronger cooling fan; although, the car is accompanied by the original fan as well. Additionally, the 60,000 miles showing on its odometer are believed to be original.

As Series 1 E-Types have escalated in value in recent months, it has become difficult to find a highly original example such as this. As it is still said to be an excellent driver, thanks to proper maintenance, care, and some minor upgrades, this example would be an excellent choice for the enthusiast looking to drive one of Jaguar’s most iconic cars on a regular basis. As such, it should not be overlooked.