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Russell and Lucille Heiser, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (acquired new in 1967)John Miller, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in 1981)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Jaguar E-Type debuted to widespread acclaim in 1961, as the road-going descendant of the three-time Le Mans-winning D-Type. The E-Type was recognized as a milestone in automotive styling, epitomized by its 1996 accession to the permanent collection of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Considering their exhilarating and dynamic qualities, most E-Types experienced spirited use in period and most have been substantially restored; it is extremely unusual to encounter a pristine, time capsule car such as chassis 1E13578.
According to its JDHT certificate, this amazing 4.2-Litre Roadster was completed in late 1966 with a triple-black color scheme: black paint over black leather interior, complemented by a black soft top. Lending particular elegance to Malcolm Sayer’s aerodynamic form, the sharply finished car was dispatched to a dealership in Pennsylvania, where it was purchased new by Russell and Lucille Heiser of Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately, Mr. Heiser fell ill not long after acquiring the Roadster, but it was kept in running order and was driven to its annual state inspection, which accounted for most of the mileage from that point forward. After several years of pursuit, the Jaguar was eventually purchased in 1981 by fellow Pittsburgh resident John Miller, a close friend of the Heisers who had known the car since new. Still riding on period Dunlop RS5 tires, Mr. Miller also drove the roadster sparingly, and the odometer notably displayed only 3,586 miles during a 1999 inspection. Invoices indicate the purchase of occasional minor items to keep the car in good running order, including a new speedometer angle drive in 2008, a tire tube in 2011, and a carburetor refurbishment kit in 2016.
More recently acquired by the consignor, this striking E-Type is incredibly original, featuring the factory-trimmed interior, its matching-numbers engine documented by the JDHT, and nearly all of the original factory paint. It appears that the hood and cowl’s center sections were repainted at some point, but considering that Mr. Miller has no recollection of paint work being performed under his ownership, or that of the Heisers, this may have occurred prior to customer delivery.
Accompanied by original manuals, a complete tool kit, jack, and top boot, this Jaguar is documented with prior registration cards and state inspection sheets. As a seldom-used, two-owner example for most of its existence, and with an odometer displaying less than 4,000 miles as of this writing, this E-Type is one of the lowest-mileage examples in existence. It offers a perfect opportunity to acquire a preservation-class Jaguar that is worthy of the finest concours d’elegance and Jaguar Clubs of North America events.