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- Coveted RHD Series 1 example, boasting a number of desirable features
- Matching numbers 4.2-litre DOHC straight-six coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox
- Judiciously maintained in present ownership, reportedly by Jaguar land Rover Classic in Germany
- Storied history as a Zambia-supplied car which has subsequently resided in South Africa
- We’re informed that it runs well with no faults to report
The Jaguar E-Type is and shall forever be the archetypal British sports car. It’s hardly surprising that they’re so perennially popular: the E-type excels both in terms of how it looks and most importantly, how it drives. ‘60s examples are particularly desirable, especially the Series 1 which remains a firm favourite amongst Jaguar enthusiasts.
This 1967 example looks particularly fine, in an attractive two-seater coupé body style, featuring Jaguar’s inimitable 4.2-litre XK engine and a four-speed manual gearbox. A factory right-hand drive car originally supplied to Zambia, it boasts an interesting globetrotting history and now resides in Germany. Regarded by some enthusiasts as a 'Series 1.5', with its uprated cooling system and updated interior features, these are regarded as some of the most desirable E-Types in existence.
Presented in very usable condition, with healthy mechanicals but a few areas showing their age, this is certainly a great candidate to drive regularly and enjoy as Jaguar intended.
The History and Paperwork
- From a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, the vendor points out that the car was originally supplied to Zambia
- The first owner was apparently in charge of a copper mine and the car remained there until 1980 when it was registered in South Africa
- Owned by a family in Durban as part of a collection for a number of years until the vendor acquired it through a dealer who was a friend of said family
- Now resides in Germany where it is registered
- The vendor tells us that it is now serviced by Jaguar Land Rover Classic in Germany and the invoices for this work span the last four years
- Originally red, with a colour change to black apparently occurring during the 1980s
- The vendor claims to have driven it a mere 2,000 kilometres during their ownership
- Rich patina
- No excessive wear
- Usable and seemingly original
We enjoy how this E-Type’s interior wears its age with pride, but has clearly been looked after carefully. The upholstery now exhibits some wear, but nothing especially excessive with just some gentle creasing and the odd blemish here and there.
The carpeting looks in reasonably good condition, as does the leather headlining so far as we could see. We always enjoy the dashboard in a Jaguar, with the array of instruments and switchgear spread out across the cabin. We understand that everything electrical is in good order as the vendor does not report any issues.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel is very tactile, as is the spherical gear knob. The cabin retains a charming, original feel - free from the trappings of the modern world and instead, geared towards the serious business of driving.
- Appears to be really smart underneath
- Black paintwork applied during the 1980s
- Now showing a few signs of age, but nothing especially noticeable
- The vendor informs us that some corrosion issues were rectified during their ownership
The Jaguar clearly benefits from spending much of its life in a dry climate. The underside appears really sound and while the vendor tells us some corrosion has been rectified during their ownership, there wasn’t a great deal of work required.
Topside, the paint work presents well considering its age. Black often shows imperfections more readily than other colours, proving that the paint finish has held up really well overall. The vendor comments that there are of course some blemishes commensurate with age and use, but we feel these only add to this well-travelled E-Type’s character.
The wire wheels exhibit a little patina upon close inspection, although they’re eminently presentable and shod with tyres which were apparently fitted very recently.
- Matching numbers
- Dual radiators (as soon found on the Series II)
- 4.2-litre DOHC straight-six
- Four-speed manual gearbox
- Reportedly holds its fluids
- Runs and drives well according to the vendor
Where this particular E-Type excels most is mechanically. Fitted with the desirable 4.2-litre straight-six fuelled by no fewer than three SU carburettors, this car is no slouch - even by the standards of today. Moreover, a four-speed manual gearbox makes the business of changing gear an utter delight. This is very much a driver’s example and the fact that it’s not too pristine to use, only adds to its appeal in our view.
The vendor reports that it holds its fluids admirably, runs smoothly and drives without fault. They have apparently covered around 2,000 kilometres in their ownership and with the benefit of regular specialist maintenance, have not encountered any issues.
This has to be amongst the most usable E-Types of this vintage that we’ve seen, so if you’ve always fancied a Series 1 to drive regularly, we can heartily recommend this 1967 example.
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