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30 July 2016

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Lot 159

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 1E 10525
  • Engine no. 7E 2459-9
  • Gearbox no. EJ 1568

Sold for $159,500


265 hp, 4,235 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars and sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones and sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • Desirable Series 1 4.2-Litre roadster
  • Restored in a highly elegant color scheme
  • Less than 800 miles since restoration


The Jaguar E-Type was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in May of 1961, with test driver Norman Dewes making a legendary 610-mile overnight trip from England. He was so busy giving rides that a second car had to be shipped for display. The car was smooth and sexy, with an unforgettable exhaust note, and its price was a bargain, at $2,454–$1,500 less than a Chevrolet Corvette.

The E-Type was designed by William Lyons and aerodynamicist Malcom Sayer, and it was based closely on the three-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winning D-Type. It was built in steel instead of aluminum, and the one-piece hood tipped forward for unparalleled access. Front and rear sub-frames carried the engine and rear axle, and could be unbolted for access, while the center tub was immensely strong. The E-Type had independent suspension with torsion bars up front, and coil-over springs at the rear. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted all round, and the rear brakes were inboard.

The E-Type was upgraded in 1964, with an increase in engine size from 3.8 liters to 4.2, as well as better brakes and improved electrics. Horsepower stayed the same at 265 brake horsepower, but torque increased to 283 pounds-feet from 260. The 4.2-Litre E-Type retained its stellar performance with 0–60 mph in 6.5 seconds, 0–100 mph in 16.2 seconds, and a top speed of 150 mph.

The car on offer is as close to a new 1965 E-Type Roadster as could be imagined. As acquired by the consignor, the body tub sheet metal had been replaced, with the exception of the bulkheads and the bonnet section, boot lid, and inner door panels, which are believed to be original. The E-Type was then subject to an extensive restoration to outstanding condition throughout. The car was reportedly a solid 45,000-mile car when acquired in St. Louis in 2006. Muncie Imports prepared the bodywork to factory specifications and repainted the roadster in desirable Silver Blue with a cinnamon leather interior and tan top. The panel fit is exemplary, the chrome plating superior, and all rubber parts have been replaced.

The original engine and drivetrain were rebuilt, with the exception of the gearbox, which was examined and determined to shift perfectly. The suspension was overhauled with new bushings and ball joints. New brakes were fitted, the fuel system and cooling system were overhauled, and all electrical parts were rebuilt or replaced as necessary. This supremely prepared roadster has covered less than 800 miles since restoration. A JDHT Certificate is included, along with the owner’s handbook and a factory jack with storage bag and knock-off hammer.

The new owner can choose between a concours career for this elegant Jaguar, enthusiastic participation in tours and rallies, or maybe even both.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more