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We purchased the 1968 Series 1 4.2 Litre Fixed Head Coupe in 1991 at Beaudesert near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  There weren't many E-Types to choose from at that time and this was what seemed to be the best of a bad lot.  Maybe it was, but it wasn't good, having been bodged in all the usual ways, particularly the body with flattened tin cans and tar paper repairs on the floors.  According to the Heritage Certificate, this E-Type was completed on 5th July 1968 and delivered to a dealer "Ashton Preston" in England.  When and why it came to Australia is not clear but we have been told that it was owned on the Gold Coast for many years by the original owner who had immigrated from Germany.  There was a Southport Jaguar service sticker on it when we bought it but they were unable to help.  We would love to hear from anyone who can fill in some of the history.

 

In 1995, following an off-road excursion (due to two blown tyres within 50 kilometres, caused by age related delamination) we undertook a complete rebuild and had the car back on the road in 1998.  A brief photo record of the rebuild can be accessed here.

 

I use the term Series 1 as that is now in common usage.  Jaguar themselves did not use the term and referred to all 4.2 E-Types up to the Series 2 as either Series 1 or 4.2.  Our particular car has the later Series 2 cooling system but has the old style toggle switches on the dashboard.  Of course, the headlights are uncovered but the headlights have not been moved up and forward as they are in the Series 2.

 

We have used the E-Type on a number of long trips where it performs well.  The only drawback is the warm cabin temperatures, particularly in summer.  We have also entered a few Concours d'Elegances at both National and State levels.  We were awarded "Best E-Type" at the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Display Days and achieved a Gold Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

 

At the Jaguar National Rally 2010 held at the Gold Coast we were awarded Gold in the Concours d'Elegance,  the Lofty England Sports Trophy, ACJC Best in Class,  and the Jaguar Cars Aggregate Trophy for best combined d'Elegance and Sporting results.

 
Jaguar E-Type Rebuild JDCQ 2009 Display Day National Rally 2010