1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 2+2 ***Factory RHD Great Value***


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Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a factory right hand drive, matching numbers 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre 2+2 automatic.

The Heritage Certificate on file confirms this particular example was delivered new in the UK through City Motor Depot. The car was manufactured on 23rd March 1967 and dispatched on 10th April 1967. The Heritage Certificate also confirms today this car still retains its original ‘matching numbers’ engine (both cylinder head and block). The car was delivered in dark blue with a light blue interior. The car was first registered with the registration JUM399 which was issued in Leeds, UK.

The early history of this car is not known and it is not known exactly when it was imported into Australia, however, it was prior to 1989. The earliest known history of the car in Australia is from when it was owned by a gentleman who lived in Point Vernon, Queensland. It is understood he was a Jaguar enthusiast and very long term owner of the car. In his ownership the engine was completely rebuilt by Andersens Engine Reconditioning in Pialba, Queensland in 2005. There is an invoice on file for the work done. It is understood the car was restored in his ownership, though it is not known if that included the colour change to its current colour scheme. He passed away and the car was sold in 2008. The next owner of this car was another Jaguar enthusiast who lived nearby in Hervey Bay, Queensland. The E-Type joined a collection of Jaguars including an XK150, MkII and more. He used the car sporadically before selling it to the current owner in 2020.

Today this Jaguar E-Type series 1 4.2 2+2 presents well. In our opinion the Series 1 is definitely the most attractive looking E-Type of the series. When you walk up to this particular example the first impressions are good. This car has a real presence about it. The bright red paintwork, the black interior, the chrome work, the wire wheels . . . it is a lovely combination!

The paint is in very good condition with a deep gloss and a strong depth of colour. Whilst this is not a concours car, it will certainly make an impression at any cars and coffee or club event. The chrome work on the car is also still in a good condition though if you look closely there is some slight pitting evident on the window surrounds and the door handles. All the glass is good with only a few stone chips evident on the front windscreen. The headlight covers, which can easily get damaged are in good condition. This particular example is fitted with a Webasto roof which is in good condition and it has not been affected by the harsh Queensland sun. All the lights and lenses are in good condition with no cracks evident.

The car is fitted with chrome wire wheels which are in excellent condition, including the spinners. The wheels are shod with Maxxis MA-P3 tyres, size 205/70/R15. These tyres are date stamped 3420 and 4020 (week 34 and week 40, 2020). They are in excellent condition.

Open the door and you are welcomed by a well presented interior.  The seats are all in good condition with no cracks or tears in the leather. They are soft like your favourite lounge chair, but they still provide ample support. The rear seats appear to have hardly been used if used at all. The dash, door cards, centre tunnel and boot area also present similarly well. The instruments are all in good condition and appear to be in good working order. Unfortunately, the cigarette lighter is missing.

We make ourselves comfortable behind the beautiful timber steering wheel, which is like new, and get ready to take this E-Type our for a short test drive. Like most other E-Types this one requires full choke to start it from cold. We turn the ignition on, activate the choke, give the full pump a few seconds to pump some fuel into the SU carburettors and then we press the start button. The car starts easily, even from cold and the engine sounds good, really good! The engine doesn’t need a lot of time to warm up to the point where you can turn the choke off. Then it is time to go! Move the delicate gear lever into ‘Drive’ (D) and you are away.

We have to admit we were pleasantly surprised by how well this car drives and in fact how easy it is to drive. Some of the E-Types fitted with the Borg Warner automatic gearbox can be a little clunky . . . but not this car, it is an absolute delight to drive. The engine has a fabulous exhaust note, it feels strong and is incredibly responsive on the throttle. The gearbox works well and the gear changes are smooth up and down the box. The car feels solid on the road and handles well. Importantly, all the vital signs are good. The oil pressure gauge and water temperature gauge showed very healthy numbers on our test drive.

Out on the open road this E-Type just goes about its business. It is a great cruiser and with the practicality offered by the 2+2 configuration would be the perfect car to take to golf or any other weekend activity requiring some boot space.

The current owner has enjoyed this E-Type where it has been his preferred car of choice for Friday morning golf and the occasional Sunday drive. He has travelled around 1,700 miles in his three plus years of ownership. Following a recent health scare, he has had a subtle change of direction with his car collection and as a result this 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre 2+2 automatic is now reluctantly offered for sale.

Accompanying the car is a recent history file, Heritage Certificate, owner’s manual, spare wheel and a copper mallet.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone to acquire a well sorted E-Type at a very good price.

The Jaguar E-type 2+2’s are today priced well below the roadsters and coupes and the cars fitted with automatic gearboxes tend to be worth a little less than those fitted with manual gearboxes. We think this Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre 2+2 automatic offers exceptional value for money.

Highlights:

  • Matching numbers, Series 1 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 2+2 automatic
  • Factory RHD example.
  • Excellent colour scheme.
  • Well presented car that is just a delight to drive.
  • Ready to use and enjoy.

Price $122,950

 

Background

The Swallow Sidecar Company was founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. In 1934 Lyons formed SS Cars Limited to effectively take over the operation from Walmsley. The SS brand was quite successful, though their cars had a reputation for having ‘more show than go’. The Jaguar name first appeared as a model name on an SS 2½ Litre Sports Saloon introduced in 1936. For political reasons, Lyons changed the name of his company to Jaguar Cars in 1945.

The SS100 built between 1936 and 1941 is today regarded as one of the great pre-war sports cars, however, it was the launch of the legendary Jaguar XK120 at the London Motor Show in 1948 that really put Jaguar on the map. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The XK120 morphed into the XK140 and ultimately the XK150 and in total, just over 30,000 cars were built over 15 years of production.

In 1961, at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar introduced the E-Type, which like the XK120 all those years ago, took the motoring world by storm. 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.


Specification

  • $122,950
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 2+2 Automatic
  • 1967
  • Coupe
  • Auto
  • 84,342 miles
  • 4,235cc

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