1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE 'SERIES 1' 4.2-LITRE ROADSTER
Manufactured on 26th March 1965, chassis number '1E 10844' represents the Jaguar E-Type in – arguably – its ideal specification: a 'Series 1' roadster with the covered headlamps, benefiting from the more refined and powerful 4.2-litre engine and the improved all-synchromesh gearbox. In addition, this car's left-hand drive makes it ideal for European touring. As a Series 1 model, '10844' incorporates many features not found in later cars, including covered headlamps, toggle switches, and over-bumper rear lights, all hallmarks of the E-Type in its earliest and purest form. The original chassis plates confirming matching numbers are still in place.
Its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate confirms that this is indeed a matching-numbers example that was ordered via Jaguar Cars New York. It left the factory on 28th April 1965 as a Personal Export Delivery to Captain Theodore R Tipo, and was registered in the UK as 'DWK 460C', a Coventry mark. The E-Type eventually formed part of an Italian millionaire's collection where it underwent partial restoration before being purchased by its present UK owner and finished to concours standard by the JagShop in London.
Benefiting from a complete 'last nut and bolt' restoration, the car has now covered some shakedown miles and effectively performs to better-than-factory standard. All original components such as the suspension, steering mechanism, carburettors, wiper motor, and rear axle assembly have been rebuilt to the highest standards, while the black mohair hood and leather trim were supplied by the renowned experts, Suffolk & Turley. A new wiring harness has been installed together with new improved Coopercraft lightweight aluminium 4-pot brake callipers, new hydraulic pipes, and rebuilt brake cylinders and servo. There are top quality adjustable Koni shock absorbers all round, and wider chrome wire wheels for improved looks and better roadholding. Additional upgrades include a 123 electronic distributor and an electric cooling fan enabling the car to cope with slow-moving traffic conditions. The history file contains a full photographic record of the rebuild.
Handsomely finished in Gunmetal metallic with black leather trim and matching mohair hood, the car has a UK MoT and V5C Registration Certificate, and can therefore easily be reregistered in any EU state without any taxes to be paid. Worthy of the closest inspection, this stunning E-Type roadster is finished to the highest standard and ready to provide its fortunate next owner with years of reliable and relaxed high-performance motoring.
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