Jaguar Series 1.5 E-Type

Jaguar’s E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show. But despite its enormous popularity, the car had a number of shortcomings. The transmission, while sturdy, had an unsynchronized first gear, and the seat backs were non-adjustable, fine for short trips but tiring on a long journey. The cooling system, too, was marginal in some of the warmer American climes.

For 1965, these drawbacks were addressed, the gearbox given full synchros and the seat backs made adjustable. Brushed aluminum trim in the cockpit gave way to molded plastic and leather, and a new brake booster was adopted. The engine was enlarged to 4.2 litres, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability in traffic situations.

The car retained its pure form – no external changes had been made – but was now more comfortable and responsive on the road. Road & Track enthused that it was “possible to drive at 15 mph in 4th gear without jerking or back-lashing,” all the while achieving up to 21 mpg. But for many its greatest asset was that it looked the part and that nothing else looked like it. The E-Type made a statement about its owner and all who rode in it.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

265 bhp, 4,235 cc overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil spring independent rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Woods

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