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1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ 4.2-Litre Roadster

Sold For $187,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2014

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  • Owned by a current JCNA Concours Judge
  • The only E-Type ever fitted with a Biscuit soft top from the factory
  • Documented with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate

265 bhp, 4,235 cc dual overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, and independent front and rear suspension with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

Introduced before the advent of the second generation of Jaguar’s brilliant E-Type, the aptly-named “Series 1½” E-Type combines the 4.2-liter engine and handsome body style with its predecessor, while also incorporating many changes more commonly associated with its successor. These changes include twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, twin cooling fans, adjustable seats, and, most notably, open headlights. The car also includes four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes, with the rear discs fitted next to the differential to reduce un-sprung weight, and, most importantly, fully independent suspension on all four wheels.

This 1968 Series 1½ Roadster is in excellent condition following a restoration by the Jaguar specialists at Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, which was completed in late 2011. Before it was refinished in its original color combination of Golden Sand with a Tan leather interior and Biscuit soft top, the car was striped to bare metal and every component was restored or replaced as needed. The results speak for themselves, and this E-Type is certainly of a very high caliber.

The car was shown at the 2013 Jaguar Club of North America Concours at Chateau Élan at Braselton, Georgia, and was judged Best in Class. However, its JCNA history does not end there. This car is presently owned by a current JCNA Concours Judge and has therefore been used as a sample car to train JCNA judges on how to properly assess an E-Type on a concours lawn, as it has received a high-quality restoration to original specifications. Additionally, it is noted in both its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and the JCNA Judges’ Manual as being the only E-Type of its kind to leave the factory with a Biscuit soft top.

Series 1½ E-Types are often considered to be the combination of the best of both worlds between Series 1 and 2 models. These E-Types beautifully utilize the mechanical updates that made the Series 2 E-Type more desirable, and they also retain the same basic looks that wooed the motoring world at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, making it easy to see why these vehicles are desirable to Jaguar aficionados. This very special E-Type features a brilliant restoration, and it is confirmed by marque specialists at both the JDHT and JCNA to be matching its unique specification from when it left the factory. This 1968 Series 1½ E-Type is an excellent automobile to show or drive, and it is a splendid example of one of the finest cars to come out of Coventry.

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