Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster Series 1 / LHD / 1965

• Condition Concours d’Elegance level
• Tasteful colour combination
• Matching numbers and Heritage Certificate
• Full restoration in accordance with original specifications (2007)
• Engine completely overhauled (2009), has been driven less than 10.000 km since then

Hardly any other car has an iconic status comparable to that of the Jaguar E-Type.
Even Enzo Ferrari repeatedly called the E-Type the most beautiful car in the world. Moreover, as sensational as its design was the E-Type’s performance; with a maximum speed of 240 km/h it was the world’s fastest production car.

History of the E-Type

Only few cars can claim to be a milestone, however, the Jaguar E-Type undoubtedly falls into this category. When it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961 it was an immediate sensation.

Its 3.8 litre in-line six-cylinder engine with 3 carburettors and 265 hp could propel test cars to over 240 km/h, a speed that made global headlines and increased the demand to levels Jaguar initially struggled to meet.

However, there was not just its breakthrough performance, there also was its iconic shape which was the work of aerodynamic expert Malcolm Sayer – the same man who had been responsible for Jaguar’s Le-Mans winning C-Type and D-Type. Under the bonnet the E-Type actually owes a lot to the D-Type; it too is built around a ‘monocoque’ mid-section with a sub-frame that support the engine and the front wheel suspension. At the rear, however, Jaguar had opted for an independent wheel suspension; and this at a time when many of its rivals still used traditional rigid axles.

In the summer of 1961, the production had a slow start and was focussed mainly on building roadsters for the extremely important American market; only 342 cars were built for the British market that year. In August and September, coupés gradually began to roll off the production line at Browns Lane as well, both models were offered at a fraction of the price of a Ferrari or Aston Martin, the E-Types only real rivals. In October 1961, the outside bonnet locks were replaced by a construction inside the car and in May – June 1962 footwells were added to the previously flat floor. Both characteristics – the outside bonnet lock and the flat floor – are now an abbreviated way to describe specific periods of early E-Types. In late 1964, the 3.8 litre engine was replaced by a larger 4.2 litre version of the venerable XK 6-cylinder in-line engine. Apart from that the old Moss gearbox was replaced with a new fully synchronised Jaguar 4-speed gearbox. In 1968 the Series 1 was eventually superseded by the facelifted Series 2. However, its timeless blend of stunning looks and tremendous performance secured the Series 1 its place in history.

This E-Type

This beautiful Jaguar E-Type 4.2 litre Open Two Seater left the gates of Browns Lane on February 17, 1965 and was shipped to the Belgian Motor Company in Brussels, its final destination being Monsieur Lonquert. The car then stayed in Belgium and France respectively. In 2007, the Jaguar was fully restored, with neither expenses nor efforts spared, in 2009 a complete engine overhaul followed, after which the roadster has driven less than 10,000 km.

The interior has been completely and skilfully reupholstered with elegant grey leather, one of the three original colours available in combination with a Dark Blue exterior, the others being light blue and red. Finally, the mohair soft-top was custom-made and is in a perfect condition. Since its restoration the E-Type has been driven less than 10,000 km and is therefore in a magnificent, virtually new condition.

Driving experience

Driving an early Jaguar E-Type will always be a magical, almost euphoric experience. Even by today’s standards, a good E-Type is super-fast and easy to handle. It is almost inconceivable that in a car from 1965 suppleness, speed and manoeuvrability can be in such perfect harmony. The particularly attractive colour combination of Dark Blue with grey leather ideally emphasizes the already fantastic lines of the E-Type.

Experience the car yourself?

Do you feel a compelling desire to experience the driving characteristics and the power of this gentleman’s car? For a viewing and/or test drive, please make an appointment with Harm Derks in advance; telephone number ++31 30 8507500, e-mail

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