Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 29

1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster

Estimated at £45,000 - £50,000

Lot details
Registration No: MFX605G
Chassis No: 1R7512
Mot Expiry: Aug 2016

- LHD example with much recent work including retrim

- Steering rack and suspension overhaul

- Heritage Certificate and current MoT to August 2016

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.

According to its accompanying Heritage Certificate, this left hand drive example was originally finished in Ascot Fawn with Beige interior - the colour scheme it pleasingly wears today. Manufactured on 21st October 1968, it was dispatched to New York and purchased by its first owner, a Leroy G Wilson Jr.

More recently the car is understood to have been part restored in the USA with the work being completed after its arrival back in the UK. Receipts on file date back to 2000 and recent works include a steering rack and suspension overhaul, re-trimming of the interior and the fitment of a new hood. A matching numbers example, MFX 605G is accompanied by the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, a Swansea V5 document and current MoT with no advisories expiring 23rd August 2016.

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