Monterey Conference Center
15 - 17 August 2019
Lot 313

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster


$302,000 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
1E 11898
  • Comprehensive restoration by a noted marque expert
  • No detail untouched, including comprehensive rebuild of all components
  • Finished in the stunning combination of Opalescent Dark Blue over grey leather
  • Includes Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate

When the Jaguar E-Type was introduced, Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” New York’s Museum of Modern Art recognized the significance of the E-Type’s design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only six automobiles ever to receive such distinction. The E-Type appeared on countless “best-dressed” lists over the past half century and no doubt will continue to do so for the next 50 years.

One of 2,237 E-Type roadsters built for 1965, this beautifully restored Jaguar is fresh from a comprehensive 2,500-hour restoration by a noted marque expert, aptly describing it: “as new an E-Type that can be put together today.” Simply put, everything down to the last nut and bolt has been touched during the restoration of this exceptional example.

The 4.2-liter engine has been rebuilt using all-new parts, including re-sleeving of the cylinders and a dynamic balancing, assuring smooth, vibration-free operation. A new master cylinder, hoses, lines, and wheel slave cylinders are used, along with a complete brake-system rebuild to ensure safe, smooth stopping power. A new wiring harness has been fitted, along with a complete update of the electric system. The gearbox has been rebuilt, including new synchros and layshaft.

Beginning with the monocoque shell, it has been stripped to bare metal and finished in a stunning Opalescent Dark Blue by Deluxe Customs of Tempe, Arizona. An all-new grey leather interior has been fitted to the highest of standards. All chrome has been re-plated professionally to echo the mirror finish of the exterior paint. Even new glass has been installed. A striking combination, indeed. The chrome wire wheels have been upgraded from 5.5 to 6 inches in order to accommodate 205-series Michelin blackwall tires, improving both ride and handling. In addition, a 3:07 rear-end gear has been installed for better highway cruising and improved acceleration.

Included is the driver’s handbook, jack, and tool roll, as well as the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, which indicates the car was manufactured 4 November 1965 and dispatched to Jaguar Cars, New York, on 19 November. Following break-in miles, the car has been “dialed in” and assured to be roadworthy for its new owner. Fitted with the desirable 4.2-liter engine and upgraded all-synchro transmission, this is the E-Type most Jaguar aficionados enjoy driving. As the consigner so succinctly says, “Buy it. Show it. Drive it. Enjoy it.”