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An undisputed icon of motoring, the Jaguar E-Type combined race-proven engineering with gorgeous styling that has earned it a rightful place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The most desirable E-Types are the covered-headlamp Series I models, which were significantly improved in 1965 with engine displacement increased to 4.2 liters, a full-synchromesh gearbox, improved braking, and more comfortable seats.
This magnificent 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupe was built on March 14, 1966, finished in the stunning color scheme of black over red, and dispatched to US distributor Jaguar Cars New York. On February 9, 1968, the E-Type was sold by Gruet Motor Car Company in St. Louis, Missouri, to its first private owner, Hugh Swayne of Hickman, Kentucky. An established Jaguar enthusiast, Mr. Swayne traded in his 1958 XK150 Roadster toward the new E-Type’s $6,179.50 purchase price. Mr. Swayne and his wife retained their Jaguar until 1993, during which time it covered just 25,216 miles. The next owner, Billie Johnson of Madisonville, Kentucky, also used the car sparingly before selling it to its third owner, Terry Fenwick of North Carolina. Recently discovered by the consignor in the hands of its third long-term owner, this E-Type is presented exactly as it was found and, as such, will require mechanical recommissioning before use.
A remarkable survivor, the Jaguar remains in outstanding unrestored, original condition and displayed just 27,595 miles at the time of cataloguing. The black paint appears to be original throughout, with consistent paint-meter readings, the red leather upholstery has a lovely, inviting patina showing remarkably little wear, and the chassis and engine bay are in well-kept order, with factory-applied chalk marks still visible. The Jaguar also appears to retain its original data plate, body tag, ignition key, Triplex glass, and even the original Dunlop Road Speed 5 spare tire.
Included with the sale is the original sales invoice and correspondence from Gruet Motor Car Company, tool roll, jack, knock-off hammer, lubrication chart, assorted registration records, and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, which confirms the various component numbers (chassis, body, and engine) as original to this car.
The next caretaker of this fabulous E-Type will have in his or her possession an unrestored automobile of the absolute highest order. Following a mechanical recommissioning, this car may serve as a ticket to a wide variety of automotive events and is sure to be the star of any Jaguar gathering.
Truly a benchmark example of the legendary Series I E-Type – an important and iconic model from one of England’s most successful sports car manufacturers – this 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupe can be distinguished from its brethren by its fascinating history, rare original color scheme, and exceptionally low mileage.
*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1967. Please also note that this vehicle has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to road use.