The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975 to
create a combination of good looks, high performance and
competitive pricing. Established as an icon of 1960's motoring and
a great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold
during its lifespan. The Series I was introduced, initially for
export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch coming
four months later, in July of that year. The cars at this time used
the triple SU carburettor, 3.8-Litre, six cylinder XK engine from
the XK150's. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external
bonnet latches and are considered to be rare and more valuable.
After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the
bonnet latches moved inside the car, whilst underneath the bonnet,
the engine size increased to 4.2-litres in October 1964.
This righthand drive, 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster, was
manufactured on 19th March 1965 and delivered to Henlys in
Manchester on 31st March with its new keepers being Ogden &
Lawson Ltd. of Workington. The Heritage Certificate that
accompanies the car also confirms that the car still retains its
original registration number CNB 869C and was first registered on
1st April, 1965.
The car featured in the big budget James Bond spoof Casino
Royale of 1967 with Peter Sellers heading up an all star cast
including David Niven, Orson Welles, Woody Allen and Ursula Andress
to name but a few. The car was used on screen in a chase sequence
hot on the heels of Sir James Bond (David Niven) before a replica
of the car comes to an untimely end.
After its time on the silver screen the car was comprehensively
restored in 2015 to the tune of £50,000 with the body work was
stripped to bare metal; the matching number block was rebuilt along
with the gearbox and carburettors by Chris Forbes of CFS Motors in
Coventry. A new stainless steel exhaust system was fitted as well
as a new radiator, complete renew of the braking system including
callipers, discs and servos making the car usable in modern traffic
conditions. The car sits on rebuilt suspension with new wire wheels
and tyres. The black interior is new and to keep the elements at
bay, a new hood was fitted.
Finished in red with a contrasting black interior, this
beautifully restored E-Type offers the new owner one of the best
examples of iconic British motoring history. This head turner is
also supplied with various bills and receipts. A rare UK-delivered
Series I roadster.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170