20 August 2011
Lot 122

1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1/2 4.2-Liter Roadster


$104,500 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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265 bhp, 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, twin Zenith-Stromberg Carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

- One of less than 2,000 built

- In original color combination and documented with the Heritage Certificate

- Recipient of a full restoration to exacting standards

- Southern California ownership with warranty info, receipts and books

The 1968 Jaguar Series 1½ E-Type shares the desirable 4.2-liter engine and remarkable body style with its predecessor, the Series I. However, this model, which fell between the Series I and Series II, featured open headlights, twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, twin cooling fans and adjustable seats. Although the Series 1½ shares the Series I’s body style, the model which was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent exhibit, it is actually a transitional series. Far fewer of the Series 1½ were actually manufactured from 1967-68. At only 1,942 units, this particular model is one of the most rare E-Types produced since its premiere in 1961.

The 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ presented here, with chassis number 1E16646, has enjoyed limited ownership in Southern California and has recently been restored by Jaguar professionals. It has also received a full detail and service by Southern California marque specialists Classic Showcase before its debut at auction. During restoration the body was stripped and completely repainted. Brightwork was also re-chromed, and new rubber and seals were fitted. Inside, a new and proper tan interior was installed. Mechanical systems and instruments were thoroughly gone through, and a new wire loom was installed. Final touches include a new exhaust system and new battery as well as new chrome wire wheels and tires.

The beautiful ascot fawn body and matching fawn top and boot cover is enhanced by the stunning chrome work, which includes new front and rear nurf bars, wing windows and a luggage rack for the avid adventurer. The interior of this ’68 E-Type looks equally gorgeous with its tan leather seat and trim. Original warranty information documenting the purchase date and location along with the books and receipts will accompany the sale. The vendor reports the E-Type runs very well and presents just as well cosmetically.