The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and its combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960's motoring. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only in March 1961, the cars at this time used the triple SU carbureted, 3.8 litre six cylinder XK engine from the XK150S. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964, although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial model, the Series I½, can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal and tail-lights above the bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. It is thought to be one of the more collectable of all E-Types as just 1,942 were made in righthand drive compared to the 72,215 total production. The 4.2 litre engine offered increased power and usability whilst retaining the same outward appearance as the earlier cars.
This relatively rare Series 1½ model presents as an honest straight car. It has been owned by an engineer for much of its time in the UK and a full restoration has taken place during that time. It was originally delivered to the US as a lefthand drive car but, in 1990, was imported and converted to righthand drive. It has had a detailed restoration as noted in the very extensive history file with a colour change from pale gold to signal red. The floor pans are sound and the quality of the paint is good.
The chrome wire-wheels and tyres are in good order and it has a stainless steel exhaust. The interior has been renovated/replaced and presents in a used but good condition throughout. It also benefits from a few modern touches such as iPod connectivity and a modern Becker stereo.