What more can be said about the legendary, groundbreaking Jaguar E-Type? The car dropped jaws across the planet at its reveal at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1961, and caused no less than Enzo Ferrari himself to regret it “not having a Ferrari badge”. Making ample use of low weight and high speed to claim a top speed of 150mph, it soared in popularity since its launch as a relatively affordable ‘democratic sportscar’ that could compete nose-to-nose versus more exclusive marques.
Based on the racing D-Type, the E-Type was stunningly reimagined by Malcolm Sayer with a teardrop body and the finest in racing technology: a 3.8-litre straight six, fully independent suspension, disc brakes, unitary construction for light weight. Over three “Series” the E-Type would grow to include a V12 engine and 2+2 ‘FHC Fixed Head Coupe’ but the earliest cars are the most famous and highly sought after. By any standard, all the E-types are extremely popular: 33,205 Series I cars were produced, 18,808 Series 2s and when production finally concluded in 1975, another 15,287 cars had left the Browns Lane assembly line.
This particular car was manufactured on the 22nd of October, 1968, and delivered to the USA as a brand new 1969 model. It was first registered to the name of Dale Farrer in Salk Lake City, Utah, in 1969. In 1976, the car was transferred to the name Mr. Farrer’s wife, Hazel. In 1983, the car was sold by Mrs. Farrer to Mr. Gordon Schettler, founder of British Auto Imports in Salt Lake City. By 2012, the car was bought from Schettler-Williams (parent company of British Auto Imports) and found its way to North Carolina and put for sale online, where it is described as being property of a former Jaguar dealer and being in extremely original. It was then acquired by our USA representative and imported to Dubai, where it now resides in the safety of our collection.
Presented in a stunning shade of Regency Red over its original beige leather, this car is an 11,000-mile original survivor, maintained for drivability, and a benchmark by which to judge or restore any other E-Type for originality. In addition to a fully original interior and fully matching drivetrain, our paint meter test establishes the paintwork to be within factory tolerances, with less than 200 microns throughout.
In its current condition and good running order, this is an opportunity not to be missed by the E-Type purist to get one of the most original, best preserved examples of the brand’s iconic model anywhere.