"The Jaguar E-Type is not only one of motoring's all-time greats but also a car that almost every red blooded male would covet. This has led to the Series 1 E-type becoming ever more sought after and has given rise to fabulous recreations and spectacular restorations that are without doubt a higher standard than when the car was first produced. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan; around 60,000 of these were left hand drive mainly destined for the USA. When the Series 1 was introduced it was initially for export only with the domestic market launch coming four months later. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburettor, 3.8 litre, six cylinder XK engine and non-synchromesh gearbox from the XK150S plus some very pretty but upright and uncompromising seats. The 4.2 litre cars were introduced in October 1964 with the same power and top speed of 150mph, but with more torque from the larger engine, a brand new all synchromesh gearbox, some very comfortable seats and brakes more in keeping with the advertised top speed. The 4.2 litre was a far better product and much easier to live with on a daily basis.
This stunning E-Type was originally distributed by Henlys of London to Broadfields Garage who duly sold the car to its first owner, a Mr D B Thompson, on 6th December 1965. This example still retains its original plate LGT 236D and is offered in the correct and original colour combination of Opalescent Golden Sand with red leather trim. After being off the road for many years, this coupé was purchased in 2016 in barn find condition and beautifully restored with a no expense spared philosophy by Automo, of Taplow in Berkshire, to showcase the workmanship they offer to their exclusive client base. The focus of the restoration has clearly been on quality and originality; however during the process some sympathetic upgrades have been added including upgraded Coopercraft brakes, adjustable suspension, cooling system and a modern retro-look stereo which allows Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio.
We are informed that some 2200 man hours were spent on the restoration process which took 12 months to complete and anything that could not be comprehensively restored to the exacting required standard was replaced with new parts. Today the car can only be described as concours quality and jaw droppingly gorgeous from all angles. The engine, chassis and original four speed gearbox are as original as is the Webasto sunroof and Automo warranty their parts and workmanship for any potential purchaser; something rarely offered in an auction environment . The odometer will read approx 50 miles after being road tested and tweaked with any necessary adjustments being made and therefore presents as a new car; arguably even better than when new. Jaguar Heritage are offering restoration cars for over £320,000 in this condition and specification and we believe this E-Type offers fabulous value and is undoubtedly one of the finest examples in the country. Accompanied by the Jaguar Heritage Certificate, a new MoT test certificate, a professional hardback photo book documenting the restoration from start to completion and V5C registration document, plus an Automo six month warranty; viewing is highly recommended."