Lot 93 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: 1R 10299
- Dispatched to British Leyland, New York on the 22nd August 1969
- Upgraded with triple SU carburettors and tubular exhaust manifolds
- Fitted with Black mohair hood
The E-Type's 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 in a pole of the '100 most beautiful cars of all time'. Like the XK150 before it, it was born of Jaguar's competition successes on the race tracks of Europe - this was no ordinary motor car. The E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the USA, made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Salon where its unique combination of grace and pace stole the show. From birth, the car was available as a Fixed Head Coupe or a two-seat Roadster. Like the XK120, at launch the new Jaguar was the fastest production car of its time - its 3.8-litre straight six engine allowing a 0-60mph acceleration time of around seven seconds and a top speed of circa 150mph. Despite this, the 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 more comfortable seats. The Series 2 models introduced in 1969 are distinguished by their lack of headlamp covers, enlarged front air intake, repositioned front indicators and tail lights, wrap-around rear bumper, twin-electric fans, uprated brakes and refashioned facia and seats.
Finished in Red with Black upholstery and a Black mohair hood, this striking left-hand drive Roadster is understood to have been upgraded with triple SU carburettors and tubular exhaust manifolds. Import duty has been paid and the car NOVA registered.