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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 12th March 2016 Cars - 12/03/2016 / 1965 Jaguar E-Type SI Fixedhead Coupé to Lightweight Spec *WITHDRAWN* / Lot 226
The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 to create a combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing. Established as an icon of 1960's motoring and a great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming four months later, in July of that year. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted, 3.8-litre six cylinder XK engine from the XK150's. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external bonnet latches and are considered to be rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the bonnet latches moved inside the car whilst underneath the bonnet, the engine size increased to 4.2-Litres in October 1964. This 1965 fixedhead coupé was purchased by the vendor in 2000 who planned a complete restoration. It was carried out between 2000 and 2006 to a staggering level of detail and dedication, resulting in one of the best looking E-Types offered on the market today. Finished in British Racing Green, this 4.2 litre fixedhead coupé has been built to semi-lightweight specification but with one important difference. The vendor wanted a car to not only look as good as it goes (and boy does it go) but to make it a pleasant place to be, somewhere you could comfortably sit for long periods and not exit covered in sweat with perforated eardrums. To achieve this the interior remains largely standard with the usual sound deadening, roof lining and carpets in place; he stopped short of adding a radio but, given the engine note from the Lynx engineered 320bhp fast-road engine on triple 45 DCOE Webber carburettors, who needs a radio? The comprehensive restoration included new floor pans, transmission tunnel, complete boot floor in aluminium, aluminium blown rear arches making the car two inches wider than standard and an aluminium tailgate, new doors and bonnet. The Lynx Engineering engine is twinned with a Jaguar 4 speed gearbox and the car sits on magnesium 8" rear and 7" front wheels with discs all round. Standard rear callipers with SIII front callipers aids stopping power, while Leda 24 setting dampers all round allows the driver to set up for a racy fast drive around Goodwood or a lazy drive in the countryside. 1" hollow torsion bars, new wiring loom, aluminium radiator and header tank, long range fuel tank (in aluminium) and twin Facet fuel pumps were also part of the restoration, all resulting in the stunning car we have today. To replicate this E-Type today would easily cost a new owner in excess of £200,000 and the quality of this restoration and unique build is unsurpassed; not only is she as tempting to drive as she looks, you can do so in comfort. Possibly a car that ticks every box....