Lot 78 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £73,125
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: VBY438E
Chassis No: 1E15044
Mot Expiry: June 2020
- Matching chassis, engine and gearbox
- Credible 54,953 miles recorded and offered with both hard and soft tops
- Subject to an extensive restoration and engine overhaul
This smartly presented lefthand drive E-Type came off line at Browns Lane on March 8, 1967 and at the time sported Maroon paintwork matched to Black interior trim. Twenty-two days later it was despatched to Jaguar Cars New York and then to its first keeper, Raiford A Blackstone Junior. Little of this matching numbers Jaguar's history is then known until it was purchased six years ago in Tampa, Florida and exported to Spain. There it was treated to a comprehensive body-off restoration during which numerous new parts were installed, including: clutch, alloy radiator, brake master cylinder and pipes, heater box, stainless steel exhaust, windscreen, bumpers, front and rear lights, chrome wire wheels and spinners, low profile tyres, and Black mohair hood. In addition, the 4.2 litre engine was completely overhauled and the Jaguar re-liveried in Carmen Red. Since its return to the road three years ago, `VBY 438E' was only used for weekend jaunts, and car shows in Malaga in particular, before arriving in the UK in June 2017. The odometer currently reads a very credible 54,953 miles and the car is being sold complete with its original Black hardtop, period radio and an MOT valid into June of next year.
Like the XK120 before it, at its launch in 1961 the seemingly immortal E-Type was the fastest production car of its day, its 3.8-litre straight-six engine allowing a 0-60mph acceleration time of a whisker over seven seconds and a top speed of circa 150mph. Despite this, the unit's 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, and more comfortable seats. Production figures vary slightly depending on the source, but approximately 9,548 4.2-litre Roadsters were built between 1964 and 1968, 8,366 of which were lefthand drive.