Guide price: ??40000 - ??45000.
- Highly original example, original paint, 47,000 miles from new and matching numbers
- A US-delivered, left-hand drive, manual gearbox car offered on a NOVA
- Replacement interior in the States but finished to fantastically original specification
- A true time warp car, if you are looking for unadulterated originality, look no further
The Jaguar E-Type is an icon of British automotive history, and it isn't difficult to see why. Sensational looks, the ability to reach close to 150mph and all for half the price of an Aston or a Ferrari at the time. Jaguar's sports car was an instant sensation as its curvaceous good looks - equally good in roadster or fixed-head forms - were clearly related to the Le Mans winning D-Types of the 1950s, sculpted by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.Jaguar continued to develop the E-Type throughout its life. The first major results of this program of improvements became obvious in 1964 when the newly enlarged 4.2-litre XK engine was installed and, although maximum power remained unchanged at 265bhp, torque was usefully increased, improving driveability. Other improvements included the arrival of a fully synchronised Moss gearbox and twin SU petrol pumps. A Lucas alternator was adopted along with negative-earth electrics, a pre-engaged starter was designed and a Lockheed vacuum servo replaced the Kelsey Haynes unit originally fitted. The seats were redesigned, being plusher and pleated, whilst an all black instrument panel replaced the original aluminium one.This, left-hand drive, US-supplied Series I FHC- '1E30754' is a remarkably original example showing just 47,000 miles on the odometer, which our vendor believes to be correct. Never restored, just lovingly looked after over the years, and we are informed the paint on this example remains original. It certainly appears remarkably original and therefore really stands out in the market place so we urge any interested parties to come and see this car in the metal. The vendor has stated that the interior was replaced in the states by a marque specialist, to a highly original specification using period correct fabrics etc.Now that '1E30754' has returned to these shores, Jaguar Classic Works have been asked to fit a new exhaust before the sale on behalf of the owner. Offered on a NOVA with all taxes paid, along with handbooks and some history, Silverstone Auctions are excited to offer this really special, highly original example to the open market.