Jaguar E-type Roadster. This car was purchased new in California and has lived here for it’s entire life, under the careful stewardship of it’s only owner – a lady physician. Rarely does a Jaguar Series One E-type Roadster become available for sale from the hands of it’s original California owner. This car presented here has clearly been well-taken care of for all of it’s lifetime. This car still retains it’s original California title and first issued license plates, original purchase contract from new, along with it’s jack, sales brochures, maintenance booklet, service manual, other associated literature, and original top boot.
This car was purchased new in Long Beach, California by a 23-year old young lady in 1964. In 1967, the car was taken in to her local mechanic for some service work. Complaining of the uncomfortable seats and heavy shifting Moss gearbox, her mechanic recommended a changeover to the newer, upgraded 4.2 style seats and transmission. He had just acquired some items from a nearly new, low-mileage, damaged 4.2 Series One Coupe. At that time, her decision was made and the 3-year old car received the upgraded seats, engine, and gearbox from the Coupe, engine number 7E10573-9. The drivetrain has powered this 3.8 Roadster nearly all of it’s life, and became available for all E types in late 1964 anyways with the introduction of the 4.2 model.
The car was enjoyed and remained in good original condition until the mid 1990’s when it was time to receive some restoration work. The car was entrusted to a specialist in Newport Beach, CA and a very careful, high-quality, full cosmetic restoration was performed with exceptional results. This included it’s first and only respray in the original color along with a repainting of the front subframes, a correct full interior re-trim with a new cloth top and matching cloth top boot with bag, period Nardi steering wheel (more rigid than the original), new rubber kit, replated chromework, new windshield, new tires, and a mechanical re-sealing and tune-up. The car currently shows 103,000 miles which are believed to be original. The restoration has held up exceedingly well, still presenting beautifully today.
This car starts on the button and runs and drives like only an original, preserved car could. It is mechanically excellent. It has never suffered from long periods of storage and has been exercised and loved from new. The bodywork displays excellent, original fit and finish, with preserved rustfree and accident-free sheetmetal.
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Location: Claremont, California, United States