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British Racing Green | Fixed Head Coupé | 4 Speed Manual | 4.2 litre | 102,894 miles showing | SOLD
There’s little to no contest over what is the greatest classic sports car ever made but which E-Type is the best at putting Spitfire DNA into the hands of the classic driver?
Answering exhaustive demand, Jaguar introduced a more refined yet more powerful 4.2 litre E-Type in October of 1964 to critical acclaim - not an easy thing to do after the successes of the earlier 3.8 litre.
Whilst still retaining its original and unrivalled aerodynamics, beautiful lines and sporting dimensions, disc brakes, and independent suspension at all four wheels the E-Type was famous for, maximum power was now reached at earlier rpm’s with real usable point and shoot torque.
Atop the increase in torque, the 4.2 litre also received a new fully synchro-mesh transmission, new vacuum boosters improving braking response whilst the interior was treated to new body moulded seating.
The result produced an uncompromising and more tractable/comfortable sportscar that matched Jaguars motto of grace, pace and space to a T that has today become the most desirable and collectable driver’s E-Type.
The car available is the perfect driver and investable asset, presented in the timeless colour combination of British Racing Green over Tan leather trim and arguably the most desirable E-Type ever made this Australian delivered and numbers matching car was sold new by Bryson’s Jaguar, Sydney in November of 1965.
The subject of a detailed and ground-up restoration over 4 years in the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, with a total engine and transmission refurbishment, exacting re-trim of the interior and all instrumentation as well as a rotisserie refurbishment of the bodywork conducted by one of Sydney’s finest workshops, Classic Auto Craft today this very original E-Type not only presents excellently well, the drive is sensational- just as Jaguar intended.
Still featuring many correct and original parts from the original Lucas tail-light lenses, correct chrome bumpers with overriders and chrome wire wheels to the correct wiring clips throughout the engine bay along with the original Lucas electricals and SU carburettors this car would suit even the most discerning collector.
Inside the Spitfire style cockpit finer details like the correct Smiths instrumentation, iconic toggle switch gear that never loses its novelty, timber steering wheel and leather wrapped centre console all present in beautifully preserved condition- indicative signs of a car owned by a true enthusiast.
The way this car drives is perhaps its best attribute. Throttle response is instant and the pedal feel from the accelerator, clutch and brake is well balanced, as though they’re all cut from one piece. The steering feels quick and solid under hand and the exhaust note from the rear is symphonic.
This E-Type is perfect for threading undulating country roads where you can really sink your teeth into what makes this the greatest sportscar ever made.
Accompanied by its owner’s manual and receipts for the entire restoration, and heritage certificate as well as all modern service receipts this car is well heeled and perfectly prepped to drive off the showroom floor.
Not just a collector’s item, this Australian delivered, numbers matching E-Type is the perfect weekend getaway car and a time machine that delivers that totally engaging mechanical driving experience modern day cars have abandoned. A drive is a must.