1968 Jaguar E-Type SI

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Country VAT 
    IT
  • Lot number 
    31
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow

Description

• Timeless line.
• Still remarkable performances.
• Delightful to drive.

The Model

The Jaguar E-Type coupé debuted in March 1961 at the Geneva motor show, the roadster version (called OTS) made its debut a month later at the New York motor show with the actress Marilyn Hanold as godmother. The E-Type redid the central single-beam structure adopted by the victorious D-Type, with front auxiliary frame and rear suspensions on a bolted extra frame. Author of the design was the English Malcolm Sayer; the characterizing element was the long front hood (inspired by the D-Type, another design by Sayer) together with incorporated mudguards and hinged at the front. The E-Type was produced in three series from 1961 to 1974, and was fitted with three types of engines: the the first series’ cars, 1961-1968, had both the 3.8 liters (1961-1964) and the 4.2 liters (1964-1968), the second series, 1969-1971, was fitted again with the 4.2 liters unit; at last, the third series, 1971-1974, was fitted with the 5.3-liter, 12-cylinders unit. The car's design was not changed, throughout the production run, since it was loved by the public, in fact 300 orders were registered in just six days, after debuting in 1961. The 4.2-liter engine equipped version made its debut in 1966; it was identified only by the new bootlid badge, since it was identical to the 3.8. On the other hand, the technical changes were a lot: an engine with more torque, synchronized 4-speed gearbox, more powerful Girling brake calipers. Inside, more ergonomic seats were fitted, while the dashboard and central tunnel were finished in black instead of aluminum. The 2 + 2 version, with 22 cm longer bodywork and the higher roofline, guaranteed an (almost) four-seater passenger compartment. The small backbench could house two children and, thanks to the longer wheelbase of the 2 + 2, an automatic transmission could be fitted. The last examples of the first series, colloquially called 1½ series for the changes made, were the E-Type versions built to comply with the strict American safety and pollution standards of 1967. The most significant changes were to eliminate the glass cover on the front headlights and to replace toggle switches with rocker switches on the dashboard. The three SU carburetors were replaced by a pair of Stromberg carburetors on cars for the American market; the engine also adopted the glossy black fluted cam covers. The E-Type was discontinued in 1974, after 21,289 built units.

The car

The car with chassis no. 1E 79 200 is one of 1,577 E-Type 4.2 2 + 2 all over and was produced in July 1968. It is therefore one of the so-called and valuable 1 ½ series. It was destined for the American market and shipped to the United States in August 1968, to the Jaguar dealer in New York. The car has undergone a deep restoration of both mechanics and body, with the latter brought to sheet metal and repainted with the correct " Pale Primrose Yellow "shade, the interiors restored in the original black leather while the engine has been completely redone and grinded. The engine is of the right type with the Stromberg carburetors used on American models, but it’s not matching numbers. The car comes with the Jaguar Heritage certificate.

State of art

Completely restored, in excellent conditions.

Litterature


Certificates & statements

Jaguar certificate of origin.

Documents

Italian registration and plates, in order.

Eligibility

Giro di Sicilia.

Targa Florio.

Goodwood Revival.

Tour Auto.

Le Mans Classic.

Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti.

Winter Marathon.

Nürburgring Classic.

Certificates & statements

Jaguar certificate of origin.

Documents

Italian registration and plates, in order.

Eligibility

Giro di Sicilia.

Targa Florio.

Goodwood Revival.

Tour Auto.

Le Mans Classic.

Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti.

Winter Marathon.

Nürburgring Classic.