Lot 90 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th July 2017)
Sold for £78,750
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: WRP353J
Chassis No: 1R20957
Mot Expiry: July 2018
- 1 of just 1,071 home market examples and matching numbers
- 68,500 miles from new and a 1 owner example
- Subject to mechanical fettling and a minor service at Jaguar Heritage workshop in 2015
Famously launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type has become a motoring icon. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, its combination of all round independent suspension and disc brakes allied to rack and pinion steering gave it excellent roadholding and handling capabilities. 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.
Finished in Regency Red this home market matching numbers example was despatched on the 20th July 1970 to Henlys of London and then to dealer Grose Westonia Ltd and bought by its one and only private keeper who took delivery of the Jaguar on the 29th July 1970 (the original sales invoice included in the sale). Having covered just 68,500 miles from new the extensive history file includes the original wallet and handbooks, original sale brochure, large collection of old MOT certificates going back to 1976, large collection of invoices and old tax discs, service manual and Jaguar parts books and original tool roll. Subject to mechanical fettling and a minor service at Jaguar Heritage workshop in 2015 the vendor presently grades the interior trim, bodywork, paintwork, engine and transmission as "very good", and we understand a fresh MOT will be present by the time of sale.