1967 Jaguar E-Type SIRoadster
Year of manufacture1967
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Exterior brand colourMaroon
Number of doors2
Number of seats2
Matching Numbers Engine with Heritage Certificate
50k Original Miles
Current Ownership for 10 years
Older Restoration with Great Mechanical History
In 1961, Jaguar unveiled the E-Type at the Geneva Motor Show; an event that would forever change the sports car world. The stunning design, unrivaled performance, and race-bred lineage all contributed to the E-Type, also known as the XKE, rapidly became a cultural sensation. With its captivating beauty and surprisingly affordable price, the E-Type grew to iconic status where it has remained for more than half a century.
Jaguar’s racing experience deeply informed the development of the E-Type which offered progressive features to their production cars, including independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear), and Jaguar’s powerful twin-cam inline-6-cylinder engine. Significant sales allowed Jaguar to improve the E-Type including updating to the more powerful 4.2-liter engine and fully synchronized gearboxes for 1965. Later cars, particularly in the United States, had safety and emissions equipment that negatively influenced both performance and aesthetics, so 4.2-liter cars prior to the Series 2 are widely considered to be among the most desirable for spirited driving and enjoyable use.
This car is an early Series 1.5 E-Type, produced in March 1967 during the transition to the Series 2. These transitional cars had notable differences from the Series 1, but still retained many of the features of the earlier cars. Built with the open headlight configuration, this car still retains the desirable triple SU carburetors (maintaining the original and robust 265hp output), Salisbury limited slip differential, center dash toggle switches on the dashboard, while benefiting from the desirable 4.2-liter engine and superior synchromesh transmission. According to the Jaguar Heritage Certificate included with this car, this E-Type was originally delivered to the first owner through US distributor Jaguar Cars, New York, finished in cream exterior with black interior and black top.
Though much of the early history is not currently known, the car was previously owned by a Pacific Northwest detective who maintained a modest car collection in Everett, Washington. The current owner purchased the car approximately ten years ago when it showed 42,000 miles which were believed to be original. Over the past decade, the current owner has maintained the car accumulating roughly 50,000 miles currently displayed on the odometer. Records over the past few years include invoices for more than $10,000.00, tending to various mechanical items and details, all of which have been performed by marque specialists at BritSport, Seattle, Washington.
Today this Jaguar presents as a modest driver level car with an older restoration that has held up quite well. The paint is glossy with uniform coverage showing typical minor paint chips from road use and light scratches. Though the paint is older it has held up well and has the added benefit of being suitable for use without worrying about a perfect finish. The body integrity is very nice with no evidence of corrosion to the main panels, very nice fit, and good finishes even on the inside body-colored surfaces. The chrome trim is in very good condition with only light pitting showing in a few small areas. Doors, hood, and trunk open and shut easily with door and panel gaps that are indicative of original bodywork. A nice competition touch, distinctive twin chrome plated Talbot green-dot racing mirrors are mounted on the cowl. The chrome wire wheels, and desirable “eared” knock-off hub locks, are smoothly plated with no major flaws and all four matching tires are in very good condition.
The interior is in similar condition exhibiting what appears to be a modest but older restoration to the interior including leather seats, low pile carpets, and correctly trimmed door panels. The leather is in good condition overall, with minor creasing and patina to the seating areas. Seat support is comfortable, with sound inner foam support reflecting the desirable bucket seat contours that envelope you while at the wheel.
The dashboard is nicely presented with clear and crisp instruments, switches, and levers which all appear in good order, though some console material shows more obvious signs of age. The carpets are in very good condition, as is the beautifully toned wooden steering wheel, assorted chrome trim, and various handles. The soft top is in very good condition as well with no tears or frayed binding, easily raised or lowered into the stowage area behind the seats. A tailored matching black tonneau cover snaps into place delivering a smooth roadster appearance to the cockpit.
The engine compartment has been correctly restored and still exhibits a handsome presentation, once again consistent with a properly executed restoration performed some years ago. The twin-cam head displays the matching engine number 7E12712-9 which corresponds to the Jaguar data plate and Heritage Certificate. The front frame cross member (often called the ‘picture frame’) bears the correct and matching chassis number which also match the Jaguar data plate and Heritage Certificate. Engine components are thoughtfully presented with originality in mind and the correct triple carburetors and triangular air cleaner are in place. The overall appearance of the engine compartment is of a properly cared for car that has been driven, enjoyed, and maintained with pride.
The trunk is correct in appearance with the proper type materials, a factory style tool roll, and jack. The undercarriage is as one might expect from a car that has been driven moderately but not detailed for show. Here too, the floor is free from corrosion and there are no signs of structural damage. The overall integrity of the body seams, suspension components, mechanical systems, and body joinery is very nice and further speaks to the evidence of originality and structural integrity of this E-Type. The car is accompanied by a set of tools and tool roll, selected copies of recent service records, and a tonneau cover.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a handsome E-Type that is not only mechanically sound, offers enjoyable cosmetics for regular use. The restoration, while older, remains in very presentable condition as a rewarding example to drive as is, or later restore to a concours standard. Given the rapid increase in fully restored E-Type roadsters, this very complete and desirable early Series 1.5 model with original matching numbers engine is an excellent opportunity for any enthusiast who enjoys driving their cars and sharing their interests at local club events and vintage automobile gatherings.
Please contact Jason Harris at +1-206-355-7727 for more information on this 1967 Jaguar E-Type.