The E-type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourerin two seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupe) and as convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). The model was made in 3 distinct versions generally referred to as "Series 1", "Series 2" and "Series 3". A transitional series between Series 1 and Series 2 is known unofficially as "Series 1½". Series 2 cars such as this one feature Open headlights without glass covers (Earlier cars had problems with misting, despite gaskets), a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and taillights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged "mouth" and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes are hallmarks of Series 2 cars. De-tuned in US, but still with triple SUs in the UK, the engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial 'ribbed' appearance. Late Series 1½ cars also had ribbed cam covers. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with flick switches being substituted for rocker switches that met U.S health and safety regulations. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout. New seats were fitted, which purists claim lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options. It was available in FHC, OTS, and 2+2 versions. The E type is generally considered one of the seminal sports car designs of all time, in fact it was displayed in the Museum of Modern Art due to its stunning lines. No collection is complete without an E type.
This exceptional Series 1 Roadster is probably the most decorated E Type in the local Region of the JCNA. Purchased in 1972 by a local member who was a machinist, the car was restored to top show standards and used sparingly always being kept in top show condition. The car was always stored in a climate controlled garage. Correct in every manner, the car has been meticulously maintained over the years and is the car we all look to when restoring similar cars- it’s the benchmark against which all of our cars are measured. Finished in a nice Signal Red/Red Leather/Black Top combination this stunning car looks fast standing still.
In great Running and Driving condition, the car starts with the touch of the button, runs smooth, shifts well and stops well. This car can be immediately pressed into service on both the touring and show circuits without hesitation.
The series 1 Roadster is arguably the most desirable XKE there is with its alluring covered headlights and sports racer profile. This car has been collector owned and maintained for many years. If you are looking for a nice Series 1 Roadster look no further.