Lot 47 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th July 2017)
Registration No: VBY450E
Chassis No: 1E15138
PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but this vehicle is Withdrawn from our 26th July 2017 auction.
- A former concours award winner that has just been cosmetically refurbished by Stallion Motors of Beeston (bare metal repaint, brand new hood, opening panels realigned, fresh rubbers, chromework restored / renewed, correct-type Dunlop tyres etc)
- Matching chassis, body and engine numbers and understood to 'drive very much as it should'
- Extensive history file including numerous bills / invoices, UK V5C Registration Document and Heritage Certificate etc
For many people, the E-Type remains the ultimate production Jaguar. A car whose heady blend of styling and performance were so exceptional at its 1961 Geneva Motor Show launch they continue to cast a smooth, elliptical shadow over the marque's new sports cars some 56 years later! Its Malcolm Sayer-penned lines are thought by many to be among the most striking ever to adorn a motor car. Indeed, only a few years ago the Daily Telegraph ranked the E-Type top of the '100 most beautiful cars of all time' and, of course, none other than Enzo Ferrari beat them to it by many years when he similarly described it as 'the most beautiful car ever made'. Like the XK150 before it, it was born of Jaguar's competition successes on the race tracks of Europe. Make no mistake, this was no ordinary motorcar - it was a true thoroughbred. Allied to a monocoque passenger cell, the model's tubular front sub-frame cradled a 3781cc DOHC straight-six engine, independent torsion-bar suspension and rack and pinion steering, while its back axle played host to a sophisticated coil-sprung set-up complete with inboard disc brakes. From birth, the E-Type was available either as a Fixed Head Coupe or two-seat Roadster. Among the very fastest cars of its generation, contemporary road tests found the newcomer to be capable of 0-60mph in circa 7 seconds and 150mph. Despite this, engine size was increased from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964 and, with the change, came a sweeter all-synchromesh gearbox, better brakes and electrical systems, plus more comfortable seats. Some 5,979 left-hand drive E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadsters were made prior to the introduction of the so-called Series 1.5 cars (a modest amount even compared to current Ferrari 488 production numbers).
According to its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Record Trace Certificate, this particular example - chassis 1E15138 - was completed on 17th March 1967. Originally finished in Pale Primrose Yellow with Black upholstery and a Black hood - the same livery it pleasingly sports today - the two-seater was supplied new via the Coventry manufacturer's New York distribution hub to Albert P Lareau. Belonging to Larry Story of Casper, Wyoming three decades later, the E-Type benefited from a thorough front suspension overhaul and interior re-trim before being acquired by Dennis Eklof of Arlington, Massachusetts in June 2003. Picking up where his predecessor had left off, Mr Eklof had attention paid to the Jaguar's factory-fitted 'matching numbers' engine (reground crankshaft, new crankshaft damper / timing chains / pistons / bearings / valve springs / core plugs etc), rear sub-frame / suspension, wiring, chromework, steering column, uprated radiator, propshaft, brake servo / master cylinder / front discs, clutch, manual gearbox, steering column and exhaust (replaced with a stainless steel assembly). Believed to have covered a comparatively modest mileage since these mechanical works were completed, chassis 1E15138 is said to be 'on the button' and to 'drive very much as it should'. Reportedly a former concours award winner, the E-Type has recently been treated to an extensive cosmetic refresh including a full professional 'bare metal' respray by Stallion Motors of Beeston (who have painted many of Frank Sytner's cars), re-gapped / re-hung opening panels, assorted re-chroming, fresh rubber seals, five new correct-type Dunlop tyres and a brand new mohair hood. The results speak for themselves and are worthy of close inspection. Indeed, we would not be surprised if the Roadster added to its rosette tally in the future! UK road registered as 'VBY 450E', this decidedly smart 'matching numbers' Series I Roadster is offered for sale with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, 'no advisories' MOT certificate valid until March 2018 and a wealth of invoices / receipts (dating from Mr Story and Mr Eklof's custodianship).