We are delighted to offer this rare and desirable Series 1 E Type 4.2 litre Coupe for sale on behalf of its owner. A car that’s very well known to us, as we fully restored it 15 years ago and have been privileged to maintain it since then, with close to £100,000 invested to create a benchmark example.
Presented in Connaught Green with matching Suede Green trim and sitting purposefully on triple laced competition spec wire wheels, built on 08 April 1965 and dispatched by Henleys on 21 April to Jaguar House Ltd of Oxford, registered with the Berkshire mark BWL44C, which it carries to this day.
According to the accompanying JDHT production trace certificate, the first owner was Mr J W Watts of Black Bourton, Oxford. In the intervening 57 years, the car has been in the hands of just 4 further owners, covering under 51,000 miles from new, supported by MOT and service history dating back to 1974.
Finding a genuine, ‘no stories’ E Type can be a minefield, but not here; this is a car you can use and enjoy exactly as Jaguar intended. It remains fully matching numbers and the only deviation from delivery specification being a colour change from its original Primrose Yellow.
Fully restored from the ground up by us in 2007, this E Type wants for nothing and has been maintained without regard to cost by its two most recent owners; both of whom we know very well.
Now having had time to settle, the exterior remains immaculate and is in the perfect condition to use and enjoy, as is the exquisite Suffolk & Turley interior, which is gently aged and presents beautifully.
Set up for fast road use, with a number of continental trips to Le Mans under its belt, over the years we have carefully developed the car with discrete upgrades. These include a bespoke straight-through exhaust system and V12 four pot calipers, which are invisible but highly effective, resulting in one of the best E Types we’ve ever driven.
The accompanying history file is a delight, featuring restoration and maintenance bills from us dating back to 2006, service and parts bills to 1974, assorted MOT certificates back to 1980 in addition to previous V5’s and sales receipts from the early 1980’s, plus that all-important JDHT trace certificate.
In summary, this is a properly sorted, beautifully presented Coupe with superb accompanying provenance. The 4.2 litre cars deliver the perfect sweet spot, combining pure looks with improved usability, thanks to improved seats and the nicer, all synchro gearbox. Crucially, this is a fully matching numbers, home market example that we are delighted to bring it to market once again.