Coys Auction - The Festival Auction
Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit
Kent, DA3 8NG
Sunday 24th May 2009
Registration Number: DVK 107J Chassis Number: 1R20996
A direct descendant of the XK120 and competition C and D-Type models that so dominated fifties sports car racing, the E-Type shared its 265bhp 3.8 litre twin-cam straight-six engine with the XK150 ‘S’, mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Beneath the Sir William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in either coupé or roadster form, the steel monocoque sported all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, mounted inboard at the back.
The model underwent its first major change in 1964 when it was endowed with a 4.2 litre version of the immortal XK engine. This was coupled to a far superior ‘synchro’ gearbox which much improved the cars ‘drivability’.
The example on offer here today is a 1970 fixedhead model which benefitted from a full restoration