Jaguar Series 1 E-Type
Unveiled at Geneva in 1961, Jaguar’s E-Type was and continues to be one of the most capable and beautifully styled sports cars ever built. Later Series I examples with 4.2-litre engines are widely considered the most collectable, drivable and user-friendly. From its covered headlamps and the triple SU-carbureted, 265 hp DOHC XK “six” and fully synchronized gearbox, it has all the elements of style and performance drivers look for.
With its monocoque passenger compartment/tail section, tube-framed engine bay and competition-style tilting bonnet, the E-Type was clearly descended from the Le Mans-conquering D-Type, but its well-appointed interior and remarkably compliant suspension made it an ideal two-seat touring car and more than a worthy successor to the XK150.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, trailing lower radius arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, inboard at the rear. Wheelbase: 96".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Michel Zumbrunn