1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2 RHD



  • Car prepared by E-Type UK
  • Full Matching Numbers
  • 2021 Full Restoration
  • LHD to RHD Conversion
  • Upgraded Front Braking
  • High torque starter
  • Electronic ignition
  • Bluetooth Radio Unit


One of the last 200 LHD 4.2 fixed head coupes built in 1965, originally finished in Opalescent Maroon over Black trim, delivered new to Jaguar Cars, New York, the same year. Jump forward 50 years and the E-type was exported to the UK in September 2018 from South Carolina. The bill of sale, featured in the accompanying history file, describes the E-type to be finished still in Maroon and in need of full restoration, with heavily corroded bodywork and seized engine, a result of being sat dormant for 25+ years.

Returned home by a Mr Lye, it was in 2019 that the E-type was given to a London-based independent restoration specialist to undertake the project. With a brief of ‘no stone unturned', the restoration began! Using only reputable Jaguar part suppliers, such as SNG Barratt, DMG, Martin Robey and many more, the E-type had no expense spared on returning this classic to exceptional condition, as supported by the extensive invoice and history file accompanying the car.

Being an independent specialist, time was taken to ensure the E-type was perfect, ensuring all specialist items were outsourced to professionals, this included the bodywork, engine and gearbox rebuild and differential overhaul converting to UK 3.07 ratio.

Sadly in late 2021, Mr Lye passed away before the E-type had completed its transformation. The current owner learned of the paused restoration project and became commited to bringing this heartfelt restoration to its conclusion. With the E-type complete, the current owner decided the car was too good to use and due to personal circumstances decided to part with this freshly prepared Coupe, therefore, presenting a rare opportunity to own a “new” Jaguar E-type, with full matching numbers and fresh from restoration.

Summer 2022, the E-type was given to leading Jaguar E-type specialists, E-Type UK, to undertake necessary post restoration shakedown checks and mileage to ensure the E-type is ready to enter the market.

Finished in a mouth-watering Jaguar Silver that paired with beautifully maintained chrome, creates a truly striking image! The paintwork and brightwork remain in fantastic condition, a result of careful storage and little use since completion. Finished with sparkling 15” curly hub wire wheels on each corner, the exterior is really set apart from other examples.

The E-type interior was undertaken by well-known industry specialists to the same high standard as the exterior. Presented in luscious Red trim, with all lights, dials and gauges functioning as they should, this 65 E-type is hard to fault. Injecting some modern comforts into this classic, a Bluetooth-enabled radio unit has been installed, a subtly direct replacement of the original unit, so as not to disturb the original charm of the E-type's cabin.

While originality was a key focus for the restoration, useability was of equal importance, therefore, several desirable reliability upgrades were added, these include:

  • Alternator upgrade
  • High torque starter
  • Electronic ignition
  • Upgraded electric cooling fan
  • Uprated 4 pot front brake callipers

Altogether the finished specification creates a smooth yet sporty driving experience. With a responsive throttle, precise gear selection and reliable braking, this 4.2 litre powered classic handles both countryside B-roads and motorways with ease. Having been restored and looked after by true enthusiasts, this 1965 E-type offers a rare opportunity to own a highly useable and yet great investment 60’s classic, with full matching numbers.

Prepared by E-Type UK and offered by DM Historics, the E-type is available for immediate viewing and should you wish to see more from this example, you can enquire today on +44 (0) 1732 440 494 or email sales@dmhistorics.com.


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