Open Roads, October | Lot 179
1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre Roadster
$143,000 USD | Sold
| Whitefish, Montana
6 - 13 October 2021
- Highly desirable Series 1 with 4.2-liter engine
- Final model year for desirable covered headlights
- Single ownership for the past 15 years
- Great driving example fully restored around 20 years ago
- Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate
The Jaguar E-Type’s inherent beauty is legendary; it is one of a few cars to ever be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Production began in 1961. Its styling, the work of Malcolm Sayer and overseen by company founder Sir William Lyons, evolved from Jaguar’s D-Type racecars, themselves legendary for winning the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The E-Type’s construction was a multi-tube front end bolted to a steel body shell. The long, low hood and front fenders were one assembly and hinged at the front for unobstructed engine access. Introduced in 1964, the up-sized 4.2-liter inline-six produced 265 horsepower and could haul the car from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 149 mph—all of this in incredible style and comfort.
This example was manufactured on 25 August 1966 and dispatched to New York on 9 September 1966. It left the factory finished in Opalescent Light Maroon with a black soft top and a black interior, according to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. The car is said to have been restored around 20 years ago and is now finished in Midnight Blue over tan leather with a tan canvas top. Its 4.2-liter engine has a numbers-matching cylinder head paired with a correct non-matching block. The transmission is a four-speed manual. Other features include a Talbot side-view mirror, a Blaupunkt push-button radio—believed to be original—and correct Dunlop radial tires. Front and rear bumper guards were installed under previous ownership.
As a final model year Series 1 with the upsized 4.2-liter engine and desirable covered headlight design, this example—said to have been driven around 200 miles every year by the consignor—is highly sought-after by Jaguar aficionados.