"The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 to create a combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing. Established as an icon of 1960's motoring and a great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming four months later, in July of that year. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburettor, 3.8-Litre, six cylinder XK engine from the XK150's. A number of developments were introduced over the following years with the engine size being increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964.
The Jaguar heritage trusts ‘production record trace' informs us that this 1966 Series I Roadster was originally registered as a left hand drive car in the United States to a Mr. P. Coombs. This Coventry big cat returned to the U.K in 1969.During the following years the ownership paperwork shows it changed hands a number of times. It is assumed that in these years the conversion from left to right hand drive took place. The car has been in the vendor's tenure since 1986.A recent decision to improve the paintwork ended in disaster when a fire in the workshop resulted in the car's appearance today. We are advised that a good number of parts from this former beauty are salvageable; however the fire has changed the car to category B status and, as such, this car or any restoration of this car cannot be used on the road."