19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 71

1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe

Sold for £60,277

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: KEY 4G
Chassis No: 1R20106
MOT: September 2023

  • Presented in its original shade of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue contrasting leather interior
  • In current family ownership for nearly 30 years, with 6 owners from new
  • Impressive and organised history file, as well as large box of spares

Triumphantly unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore thanks to its supercar performance, stunning looks and modest price tag. Early racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement the newcomer's reputation. Built as a monocoque with an engine cradling front sub-frame, the E-Type's combination of all round independent suspension and disc brakes allied to rack-and-pinion steering resulted in excellent road-holding and handling capabilities. The indomitable straight-six XK twin-cam engine supplied abundant power. A continual programme of E-Type development that saw the model metamorphose through three Series. Introduced in 1968, the Series II cars were distinguishable by their revised bumper and light arrangements. Less noticeable was the increased size of the front air intake that in conjunction with dual cooling fans made the Series II better behaved in hot weather and heavy traffic. With its 4235cc engine developing a quoted 265bhp and 283lbft of torque, it was reputedly capable of nearly 150mph and 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds.

In current family ownership for 30 years, this stunning home-market Jaguar E-Type Series II FHC is presented in the ever-popular Opalescent Silver Blue with contrasting dark blue leather interior, and features a desirable manual transmission. First despatched on 23 December 1968 to a private individual from Anglesey, ‘KEY 4G’ passed hands to its second owner, Mr Dawson, a garage owner from Derby. Mr Dawson owned the car for some 16 years, in which time he resprayed the car in Black. In 1984, the car would be purchased by a Mr White, also from Derbyshire. White would fully restore the E-Type close to its original specification, giving it the Opalescent Silver Blue paintwork it wears to this day from the Powder Blue it started life as, and would actually go on to meet the current owner and her late husband. 5 years after his purchase, in 1989, the car would be sold to a Mr Collier, living in Yorkshire, who would then go on to sell the car to the late husband of the current owner in 1993.

‘KEY 4G’ has played a pivotal role in its current family, being taken with them to live in Belgium for three years, as well as Germany for five. The car has always been looked after, driven occasionally and stored professionally, but due to lack of use is now offered for sale to find a new home where it will be enjoyed as much as it has already.

‘KEY 4G’ comes accompanied with an impressive history file, which contains a large collection of organised previous invoices In both current ownership and previous ownership. As well as this, previous tax discs dating back to 1989, a number of historical photographs, an impressive collection of previous MOTs for most years dating back as far as 1976, its heritage certificate which shows the car as a right-hand drive UK FHC in Light Blue with Dark Blue interior and still retaining its original engine and of course the current UK V5C document, which correctly shows 5 former keepers. Finally, the car comes with a large box of spare parts, which will be ever useful for the new owner. The vendor rates the condition of the bodywork, engine, electrical equipment, paintwork, transmission and interior trim all as ‘Very Good’.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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