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Registration No: Formally ‘OPO 680J’
Chassis No: 1R1692
Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000
Motor Car Location: South of France
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 roadholding and handling capabilities. The indomitable straight-six XK twin-cam engine supplied abundant power. If the design had an Achilles' heel then it was the recalcitrant Moss gearbox. However, Jaguar was quick to correct this shortcoming with a four-speeder of its own design just part of a continual programme of E-Type development that saw the model metamorphose through three Series. Introduced in August 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. Available in open two-seater, Fixed Head two-seater and Fixed Head 2+2-seater guises, the American market accounted for the vast majority of Series II production. Indeed, just 776 of the 8,627 open two-seaters made were to right-hand drive specification.
Chassis number ‘1R1692’ was supplied new to the home market being first registered in 1970 and is understood to have been supplied new to Edward Peter Bertram Savile Foljambe, 5th Earl of Liverpool. After five years residing in London, the car was purchased in March 1975 by the current owner who was at the time based in Buckinghamshire. Used as his everyday vehicle, the E-Type was put through its paces and utilised for every conceivable journey including commuting to work, family shopping trips and even for camping holidays. Sadly, after an engine failure, the car was stripped down in readiness for a complete body and mechanical overhaul. Much of the required bodywork was in fact completed, before the vendor relocated to France and took ‘1R1692’, formally registered ‘OPO 680J’ with him, with the restoration never continuing and the E-Type residing in a garage ever since.
Resigned to the fact that he will probably never get around to completing the build our vendor has reluctantly decided to let the Roadster go to a new home where someone will pick up where he left off and complete the restoration. We are informed that since being off the road for many years the vehicle is no longer registered with the DVLA in the United Kingdom, nor has it ever been registered in France. There are many detailed photographs of the work that has been completed and we are led to believe all necessary parts to complete the project are present, apart from a few items detailed on the "missing parts list" provided by the vendor. Many new parts have been sourced which are also listed. Offered with the E-Type is the original Green buff logbook.
Our vendor has kindly provide some summary information below:
"E-TYPE RESTORATION PROJECT"
"The Bonnet: This is the worst bodywork part of the car, although I am sure that a good bodywork welder could repair it perfectly. My own nephew is one such but, unfortunately, he is far across the sea in sunny Dorset. It is my firm opinion that the original bonnet should be retained and restored, mainly because it is original and it fits. Its geometry has not been disturbed and it should therefore go straight back on with less trouble than a new repro."
"The New Steering Wheel: The original was slightly damaged when I bought the car and I didn’t like the feel of it anyway. The one I fitted and used for ten years was also a MotoLita but of more robust construction and suited the car very well. I’m afraid I gave the original to a relative of mine."
"The Spare Wheel: This was the one which came with the car when I bought it in 1975 and I only discovered much later that it didn’t match the other four, having a different (I think earlier) pattern centre. I never had a puncture during the ten years I drove the car so it wasn’t a problem."
NEW PARTS LIST
Bell housing bolts – set of 10
Head studs – set of 12
Three-eared wheel nut spanner
Chromed head stud nuts – set
Chromed rocker cover nuts – set
Windscreen and top chrome
Servo repair kit
Brake master cylinder repair kit
Air filter gasket
Air filter element
Carburettor gasket pack
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