SOLD – 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster

  • 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster
  • Ground up restoration by XK Engineering
  • Original specification and colour scheme
  • Matching numbers example
  • 43 miles since total rebuild
  • Indoor Car Cover included


The Jaguar E-Type is possibly the most recognisable and iconic car ever created. Upon seeing it, Enzo Ferrari described the E-Type as: “The most beautiful car ever made”, which considering the pride and ego of Signor Ferrari, is quite the compliment, but when one considers the cars that Ferrari were producing at the time, it must be the biggest compliment in automotive history!

When Jaguar retired from motorsport in 1956 the now defunct racing department were given the task of designing a new road-going sports car to replace the XK150, using the D-Type as a basis for the new design. After a couple of prototypes, the end result was unveiled to the world at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show in the form of a 3.8 Litre Fixed Head Coupé, similar to the car on offer today. The E-Type went on to become one of the most successful sports cars ever built. The model went through many evolutions with the addition of a Roadster and a 2+2, as well as 3 different Series, ending with the V12 powered Series 3 that remained in production until 1974.

Although all magnificent cars, it is the Series 1 that has always been the most desirable, partly due to it being the “original”, but mainly due to its stunning design, most notably the covered headlights and almost jewel like rear lights. It is odd to think that a simple redesign of the lights would have such an impact on a car, but many feel the appearance of the E-Type was never the same with the introduction of the Series 2.

The 4.2 although the same in terms of performance to the earlier 3.8 had improved torque and a fully synchromesh gearbox together with a better brake servo and reclining seats.


This stunning fully restored Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster was originally supplied by Henleys Limited London in May 1965 and handed over by Chichester Automobiles to the first owner was a Mr Salm from Petworth.

In 2014 this car was completely stripped and over three years re-built to original concours condition by XK Engineering. Re-finished in its original colour scheme of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue Hide and matching dark blue mohair soft top. Unlike many classic restorations this car has been re-built exactly how it would have left the factory making it ideal for concours competition or show events. Supplied with Jaguar Heritage certificate and indoor car cover plus eight CD’s with approximately nine hundred photos of the restoration.

Now offered for sale at The Classic Motor Hub, this 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 offers a rare opportunity to buy an as-new Jaguar E-Type that can be immediately used and driven as it was originally intended.

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