1964 Jaguar E-Type SI

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1964
  • Mileage 
    109 000 mi / 175 419 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    890528
  • Engine number 
    8L4949L
  • Lot number 
    54990
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

- Supplied new via Jaguar Cars of New York in 1964 and repatriated some twenty-seven years later

- Entrusted to RS Classics of North Shields by its long-term keeper for an extensive restoration that was completed in 2016

- Uprated with 4.2 litre engine, all synchromesh gearbox and better brakes

The Jaguar E-Type was the sports car that (a) put the swinging into the 'swinging sixties', (b) no lesser a man than Enzo Ferrari dubbed 'the most beautiful car in the world', and (c) transported a galaxy of stars from Brigitte Bardot to George Best, Tony Curtis to Donald Campbell and Roy Orbison to Steve McQueen. Though not designed as a racer, the E-Type was nevertheless a direct descendent of the all-conquering D-Type - motorsport was embedded in its DNA. Small wonder then that, just one month from launch, Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori drove the Equipe Endeavour E-Type ('ECD 400') to victory at Oulton Park. The die was cast, and the E-Type has continued to be a winner ever since. In 1996 the New York City Museum of Modern Art recognised the model's design significance by adding a blue Roadster to its collection - one of only six motorcars to achieve the distinction.

Supplied new via Jaguar Cars of New York in 1964, chassis 890528 was repatriated some twenty-seven years later. Converted from left- to right-hand drive thereafter, the E-type also benefited from the installation of a larger 4.2 litre XK DOHC engine, all synchromesh gearbox and uprated brakes. Having served its last registered keeper well for nigh on twenty-five years, the two-seater was despatched to RS Classics of North Shields as a reward. Specialising in Jaguar E-Types and Porsches as well as RS Fords, the family run firm stripped 'EVH 121B' back to a bare shell and then had it soda blasted (revealing the Coupe's original body number tag in the process). Mounted on a rotisserie frame, the monocoque was carefully repaired and lead loaded as necessary before being repainted in its initial Golden Sand livery (a striking hue that none other than Lofty England specified for his own E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupe). The installation of an earlier-type turned aluminium dashboard and centre console made for a wonderful contrast with the new Black leather upholstery and Beige headlining. Body coloured stone protection was applied to the underside and the engine and gearbox repainted prior to reinstallation (the former being treated to new core plugs). The wiring loom was reinstated and the brightwork rejuvenated. Attention was paid to the steering, brakes and suspension too and modern anti-vibration matting added to the floorpan / footwells. The refurbishment was completed last year and chronicled via a 58-page pdf document copies of which can be sent to interested parties. Starting readily upon inspection, this undeniably handsome E-Type is variously described by the vendor as being in 'good' (electrical equipment), 'very good' (gearbox, bodywork, paintwork, interior trim) or 'excellent' (engine) condition. Worthy of close inspection, it is accompanied by a MOT certificate valid until September 2017.

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