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1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

ORIGINAL PAINT! Ordered New by Thai Royalty and Equipped with Rare Borrani Wire Wheels, Factory Hard Top. Matching Numbers. Fresh $100,000 Mechanical Restoration.

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Price $245,000
VIN 1E13271
Exterior Color Cream
Interior Color Black
Mileage 12886 Miles TMU
Engine 4.2 Litre 6-Cylinder no. 7E9338-9
Transmission 4-Speed
Status Inventory
Stock FJ2071

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1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
s/n 1E13271, Engine no. 7E9338-9
Cream with Black Leather

The Jaguar E-Type was revealed to the public at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, becoming an immediate sensation. With its beautiful lines and surprisingly affordable price, the E-Type grew to iconic status where it has remained for more than half a century. The E-Type was offered with independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight), and Jaguar’s legendary twin-cam inline-6 engine. Sales were brisk, affording ongoing development including the 4.2 liter engine and fully synchronized gearboxes for 1965. Later cars, particularly those imported to the United States, had safety and emissions equipment that negatively influenced both performance and aesthetics, thus making Series I 4.2 liter cars among the most desirable among performance enthusiasts.

This particular Series I roadster, according to Jaguar Heritage Trust (certificate included with the car) is an early 4.2 liter car assembled July 11, 1966 and departing the factory August 3, 1966. Originally delivered to Jaguar Cars, New York, the first owner is recorded as Susie K. Mah, however the owner was in fact Mr. Mah, a young Thai prince who was attending Stanford and wanted a sports car he could drive without the annoyance of his constant bodyguards. Mr. Mah specified the car with Borrani wire wheels and a factory hardtop. The car remained with Prince Mah until the current owner (a Jaguar enthusiast and owner of a Mk II at that time) purchased the car from the prince, who was unable to ship it back home. By 1968 the current owner had become President of Jaguar Associate Group (JAG) and over the ensuing 50 years held a range of offices, remained an active board member, became Director at Large, and remains recognized as “Designated Historian” for the club. During his time with JAG, the current owner planned and orchestrated numerous West Coast Jaguar events, all of which featured this stunning original Jaguar roadster, often times coming home with a first place trophy from JCNA Concourse events. The owner and his wife drove the Jaguar to nearly all the major JAG shows up and down the west coast, enjoying the growing friendships in the club and enthusiasm for the Jaguar marque. During these events, the owner retained a detailed driver’s log of all miles covered, services, and various repairs (included with the car). Page after page of fuel, oil changes, and various services were all meticulously logged by hand.

After more than 40 years of driving and showing enjoyment, the owner parked the car safely in their garage where it sat for some years surrounded by decades of achievement and photos – a motoring beacon of joyful family memories.

Last year, the current owner embarked on a complete mechanical refurbishment of this wonderful Jaguar in an effort to make it the best it can be as it embarks on the next chapter in her life. During the extensive restoration, all mechanical components were sourced from top tier suppliers (XKs Unlimited, SNG Barratt Group, British Motorsports, etc) specializing in Jaguar restorations. The team from Images Auto Body prepared the car for a sensitive restoration of all components doing their award-winning best to retain as many of the original factory components whenever possible. Receipts for thousands of dollars of parts accompany the car as well as details outlining outside services rebuilding and machining of all critical components. The finished car was completed in 2016 retaining the original factory paint, beautifully preserved triple eared Borrani wire wheels, and the original factory hardtop.

Today, the condition of this car is a wonderful combination of originality in cosmetics, and beautifully executed restoration of the mechanical aspects by masters in the field. The original paint is very smooth, exhibiting just a few areas of localized touch ups and a fine gloss with a mellowed luster one only finds in original finishes. The trim and various exterior brightwork are very nicely finished. The body integrity is outstanding, owing primarily to being a California car throughout its life. The body panels exhibit shut lines and closures on doors, trunk, and bonnet consistent with original factory integrity, boastful of its sound historic character.

The interior is in handsome condition having been thoughtfully and accurately redone some years ago due only to material dryness on the original seat surfaces. Fine quality carpeting and interior materials contribute to the balanced look, while an exceptional dashboard, beautiful instruments, and storied wood trimmed steering wheel finishes the interior. Fit and finish throughout the interior is properly done, and respectful of the originality and long term ownership accompanying this car.

The engine compartment has been beautifully composed in both appearance and factory detail with all components prepared as originally intended, with some modern but original-appearance coatings used to extend the life of temperature sensitive finishes. The original block and head were properly rebuilt during restoration and remain in the car. As one might expect, the undercarriage is in excellent condition, with evidence of original parts and use showing, while various other fresh components have been refurbished and installed as new. All structural panels appear sound throughout, exhibiting no evidence of damage. The overall integrity of the body seams and joinery is very nice and further speaks to the originality of this E-Type.

In addition to the astonishing original cosmetics, this E-Type roadster runs and drives properly, starting easily and settling in quickly to a steady idle. The engine has a nice sound and pulls strong in all gears. The car tracks and rides smoothly with nice feel to the steering and overall balance. Cornering and braking are very much in keeping with the stability of the car overall. Accompanying the car are dozens of records and receipts from the extensive restoration, scanned photos of the numerous awards achieved, factory jack, Borrani spare wheel, the original California black and yellow license plate, and most importantly, the factory hard and soft tops.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an unbelievable original California car that has been properly cared for first by royalty and then by one of the most respected West Coast Jaguar enthusiasts and club President. Series I E-Types with original matching numbers engine, original body and paint, and California registration are becoming nearly impossible to find. This beautiful, historically important, and well-equipped Jaguar offers the next owner an immediately rewarding experience – a wonderful story ready to begin a new chapter in the hands of its next fortunate owner to drive and enjoy for years to come.

 


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