1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1/2 4.2 Litre Roadster
The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the greatest sports car ever built. It was announced at the March 1961 Geneva Motorshow and it took the motoring world by storm . . . the car was an absolute sensation! The body styling was simply gorgeous and technologically the E-Type was an engineering masterpiece and it set new standards in all areas.
Whilst automotive styling is somewhat subjective the E-Type is often ranked atop lists of ‘the most beautiful cars’ and in fact it has been described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. And it’s not just about the looks as the E-Type is often at the top of other lists such as ‘The best sports car ever built’ or ‘The most significant cars’. It is truly a motoring icon.
As a testament to the success of the E-Type, production evolved through three series from 1961 until 1974 during which time circa 70,000 cars were built.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer a 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ 4.2 Litre Roadster.
This particular car is chassis number 1E2112 with engine number 7E177188.
The Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms this factory RHD example was manufactured on the 6th June 1968 with a date of dispatch of 20th August 1968. The original distributor is noted as Jaguar Cars Ltd and the original dealer is noted as ‘Personal Export Delivery’. The car’s original colour scheme was british racing green with a tan interior and black soft top. The first owner is noted as Mr IA Thompson and the car was registered in the UK as NKV487G (Coventry).
Accompanying this car is the book set which includes the Jaguar Manufacturer’s Warranty Card, Service Book and some interesting period documentation. All this confirms that Mr Thompson’s delivery address was Mount Hagen, Western Highlands in the Territory of New Guinea. The car was registered in the UK as Thompson obviously wanted to use it there before export. The service book notes the car being serviced by Henley’s in Bournemouth on the 5th September 1968 (1,123 miles) and again some two weeks later by James G Mutch (Motors) Limited in Aberdeen on the 20th September 1968 (3,019 miles) all suggesting Mr Thompson was enjoying a driving holiday around the UK in his new Jaguar! There is formal documentation on file noting the car was exported from the UK on the 31st January 1969 and it arrived into Lae in Papua New Guinea on the 1st February 1969. The next entry in the service book is by Bryson Industries in Adelaide on the 23rd October 1970 (6,172 miles) which confirms the car remained in PNG for a short time. The car went to Melbourne in late 1972 / early 1973 and has remained there since with the service book stamped through until the 10th December 1999 by Downshire Motors in east Malvern at 65,420 miles.
Post this entry (the service book was full!) there are numerous receipts on file for regular maintenance and servicing of the car by Jaguar specialists.
The car looks to have had one very long term owner through until 2004 when the car last changed hands.
This E-Type is quite unique in that it is a very original and unrestored example, presented today in its original and stunning colour combination of british racing green with a tan interior. It’s hard to find them like this and it mileage of 87263 miles is genuine, confirmed by the substantial service records and history of the car.
The paintwork has a high gloss and is generally very good. It is understood to be original though it has clearly had a number of touch ups over the years. There are stone chips and defects consistent with a very original car that has been used. Structurally the car looks to be very good. There is no rust evident in the body and the car looks very clean and solid underneath. The panel gaps are generally good and all of the exterior trim and lenses are in good condition. The wire wheels are also very good and the car is sitting on Michelin 185 x 15 tyres.
The interior also looks to be totally original and very well preserved. It is in very good condition for its age, there are no rips or tears in the upholstery and everything looks to be correct and in working order. The leather has recently been subject to a recolour (in its original tan) giving the interior a lift without losing any of its patina. The condition of the soft top is very good, consistent with the rest of the car. The car is currently fitted with a 15” Motolita steering wheel and the original steering wheel also accompanies the car.
The car starts easily and the engine settles into a smooth idle. Once warm back off the choke and the car is off and running. In summary it drives well and does everything one would expect out on the open road. It’s nimble, light and very responsive . . . and this car has a fabulous exhaust note!
– factory right hand drive, matching numbers example.
– desirable Series 1 ½ model (1 of only 320 factory RHD Roadsters built) with the Series 1 dash featuring toggle switches.
– excellent history with books including the Jaguar Manufacturer’s Warranty Card, Service Book, Owner’s Manual and some interesting period documentation.
– the car retains its original and highly desirable colour scheme of british racing green with a tan interior
– documented 87,263 miles from new.
As they say a car is only original once and this well preserved example presents a unique opportunity.
- Jaguar E-Type
- 87263 miles