The first significant up-grade of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car occurred in October 1964 with the launch of a 4.2-litre version, which featured an all-synchromesh gearbox and a host of other improvements as well as the bigger, torquier engine. The E-Type's top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration. Like its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 was joined by an additional 'family friendly' 2+2 coupé variant on a longer wheelbase. With the 2+2's increased length and additional rear seats came greater headroom, more luggage space, improved heating/ventilation and optional automatic transmission.
An early example of its type (the 2+2 chassis number sequence commenced at '1E50001') this right-hand drive E-Type Coupé has the desirable manual transmission option. The car was purchased by the immediately preceding owner in 2000 having already undergone partial restoration, including a repaint, much of the work being carried out by Jaguar specialists, Martin Robey. Since then further restoration has been undertaken by D & A Dennis Engineers of Essex, including £5,500-worth of general works to the chassis, interior, electrics, engine bay, body, etc. In addition, renowned marque specialists, J D Classics carried out extensive renovation at a cost of circa £44,000, which was completed in 2004. Systems overhauled/parts replaced included the suspension, brakes, sills, carburettors, exhaust, wiring, battery, radiator, fans, heater and sun visors, (see full breakdown of works on file). Subsequently the car was fully serviced by Racing Green and fitted with a high torque starter motor.
The current vendor purchased the E-Type at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale in September 2012 (Lot 131). Since then the car has benefited from some £15,000 spent with marque specialists Twyford Moors on various works including rebuilding the differential and rear brake callipers; replacing the rear discs; fitting a new Facet fuel pump and braided fuel lines; renewing the steering rack mounts; fitting 1.2.3 electronic ignition; replacing the clutch slave cylinder; and repairing the alternator. Described as in generally very good condition, this ultimate British Gran Turismo is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and V5C registration document.