15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 11

1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 litre Coupe
Original RHD UK example

Sold for £45,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: DWR 376H
Chassis No: 1R20576
MOT: April 2023

  • Original right-hand drive UK car
  • Believed to be matching numbers
  • Original colour combination
  • Restored circa 2008 by Racing Green Jaguar

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.

A right-hand drive 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe, specified with a manual transmission ‘DWR 376H’ was built on 11th December 1969, being despatched to Cox of Keighley on 23rd December 1969 to start life with its first owner, a J. Mitchell Ltd of Keighley in Yorkshire's West Riding. Finished in Regency Red from Jaguar, with a Beige interior, the car still wears the same registration number and presents in the same colour scheme as it did in 1969. The supplied original Jaguar wallet’s Jaguar Service Vouchers booklet shows service records with Cox of Keighley at 1,023, 4,099, 6,550, 11,176 and Unity Garage at 18,689, 21,808.

The Fixed Head Coupe’s second term of ownership began in 1978 with a duration of more than 25 years. By 2007, ‘DWR’ had accrued a mileage of just c.70,000 with a third owner. Over that ownership and subsequent owners since, ‘DWR’ has been the subject of much work, restoration activity, maintenance and servicing. Racing Green, Jaguar specialists in Hampshire, carried out restoration work in c.2008, which included the body, an interior re-trim in the original Beige, and mechanical work. In the years succeeding, further work, to essentially detail the car, is evidenced by the c.£3,000 of invoices from Racing Green in 2009. Work included the addition of an OEM style steering wheel.

Between 2010 and 2022 classic car restoration specialists Malcolm Collinson looked after much of the supply and fit of parts to further improve ‘DWR’ with invoices documenting c.£15,000 of mechanic activity and parts, to benefit areas such as the heater, instrument repairs, an alternator repair, ball joints, a clutch kit, and a steering lock. In addition, the work included servicing, ignition maintenance and carburettor tuning. Our vendor purchased "DWR" in Novemebr 2022 and the car was put imediately into storage, due to relocation overseas this is now entered as a reluctant sale.

‘DWR’ is offered at auction accompanied by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, the original Jaguar Sales and Service UK booklet, a Veloce Books Buyer’s Guide, old MOT certificates dating back to 1977, a reproduction E-Type Series 2 owner’s handbook, old sales invoices from 1978 and 2008, aforementioned invoices and old V5 paperwork. A current V5C is present.

For more information, please contact:
Roy Hitchman
07718 584216


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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