1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 RHD FHC




A beautifully looked after and E-Type UK restored '65 Series 1 Coupe. A highly desirable original right-hand drive classic, retaining full matching numbers and treated to a 2018 restoration, completing the classic in a heritage correct colour scheme of Carmen Red and Black trim, accompanied by several performance and comfort upgrades.

Leaving the production line in March 1965, this original UK home market Coupe was quickly snapped up and sold via Henly London less than a month later. While the earlier years of the E-type’s life haven’t been recorded, Coupe logged ownership starting in 1994 to a Mrs Jacques of Rochford, Essex, becoming the E-type’s longest recorded custodian of 16 years.

In 2010 the E-type was acquired by E-Type U.K. and prepared for sale. Landing on the showroom doorstep in great running condition, it was clear the Coupe had led a long and treasured life, with previous owners taking great care in preserving the car. While in highly acceptable condition, it was decided to refresh the examples original Carmen Red finish prior to sale.

During this time, the current owner of the E-type, a budding classic Jaguar enthusiast at the time, reached out to E-Type U.K. on the hunt for a highly useable Series 1 Coupe. As fate had it, the recently acquired Coupe met all his requirements. Agreeing on a sale before officially re-entering the market, the current owner decided to take advantage of the paintwork refresh project to also tidy up ageing areas such as the engine bay, mechanicals and trim.

Kicking off the first of many E-Type U.K. projects, the E-type began a full engine bay reconditioning and detailing, seeing the engine compartment completely stripped, all ancillaries cleaned, new wiring loom installed, rebuilt carburettors, cam covers and engine detailing. The extensive work also saw countless upgrades and reconditioning applied to the rest of the Coupe, welcoming all new performance cooling with aluminium radiator, header tank and silicon hoses, re-chromed exterior brightwork and renewed carpets and headliner.

Now reconditioned and ready for the road once again, the owner was impressed with the level of quality and work undertaken by E-Type U.K. that the Coupe was returned for regular servicing and maintenance for the following 6 years. It wasn’t until 2016, that the owner decided to was time to fully renew the E-type, giving it a much-deserved nut and bolt restoration. Of course, the E-type was returned to the specialists at E-Type UK, tasked with completing another exceptional transformation on this beloved original UK Coupe.

Following being fully stripped and media blasted, the E-type shell was handed over to our bodywork specialists that begun the task of removing and repairing the areas of corrosion, this saw the installation of:

  • Inner and outer sills
  • Radius arm mounting points
  • Complete floor sections
  • Rear outer wings

With metalwork complete, the shell and all panels were filled, primed and painted, finishing the E-type in the mouth-watering heritage correct Carmen Red exterior you see today.

The build-up of this 1960’s icon was given the same level of detail and attention, installing the rebuilt and original 4.2L straight-six engine and synchro 4-speed manual gearbox, the restoration also welcomed a handful of desirable performance and reliability upgrades to create a trusted classic British sports car, upgrades include:

  • 4 piston front brakes
  • Electronic ignition
  • Uprated alternator
  • Triple lace wheels
  • PU front suspension bushes
  • Uprated cooling

Bringing the project to a close early in 2018 with completion of the interior freshen up to period-correct Black leather, the Series 1 Coupe was returned to the owner a beautifully finished classic, an E-type worthy of being a stunning matching numbers collection showpiece or ready and reliable for tourer the globe in comfort and style.

Since completing its restoration, the E-type has been used sparingly, covering less than 1,300 miles in the last 3 years. Supplied with a detailed history folder documenting restoration and work invoices from the last decade, as well as a full photographic file outlining the E-Type UK restoration, this Series 1 remains box fresh and ready to be enjoyed by the next enthusiast.

For more details, or to arrange a viewing please call us on 01732 852762 or email sales@etypeuk.com.


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