HISTORY – (1S 2215) – Registered new on the 1st November 1973 as UGT 703M, Jaguar Heritage Trust have confirmed the initial owner as Mr H J Chalmers who purchased the car from Lex Motor Co in Wembley. Our example was then sold in March 1976 to Herr Wolfgang Nothacker who used the car between his residence in Bromley in Kent and Königstein in Germany. In May 1976, he registered the car in Germany where it has remained to date. Between May and July 1976, chassis 1S 2215, briefly changes hands again to a man who would tragically lose his life in 1985 racing a Porsche 917.But the final long term custodian, namely, Herr Heinz Jaspert (a veracious collector of classic cars) kept the car for some 40 years using it sparingly until late 1979 when it was carefully laid up to move on to a new toy. His meticulous mileage notes, when fueling the car, including what he paid, makes indeed quirky reading.
With the greatest respect to Malcom Sayer (and his magic pen) the E-Type somehow carries itself with a horizontal dignity that seems more of a by-product of noble ancestry than any kind of conscious design effort. The timeless design never fails to mesmerise both young and old eyes. Our example, incredibly, is one of just 1871 RHD ‘open two-seaters’ ever produced. The remarkable condition must be seen to be fully appreciated and, like any laid down fine wine, is now ready to be truly appreciated to those who deserve to know it better.
Following light recommissioning, chassis number 1S 2215, currently German registered, is now ready – potentially – to be re-patriated to the island. It offers a wonderful patina, unlike so many over restored examples. We believe, beautifully priced at €119,000 and worthy of any collection.
EXTERIOR – This distinguished, completely corrosion free Jaguar (Body Nr: 4S 5453) is finished in Old English White; the gleaming paintwork is in wonderful condition considering the car is over 40 years old. Fascinating correspondence between the 3rd owner and Auto-Becker in Düsseldorf, confirm a partial bonnet spray in 1976 following a scratch imparted by the workshop during a routine service! Under close scrutiny, a tiny dink is visible on the rear left bumper. A tiny paint chip at the rear again, hardly noticeable, is difficult to spot. The front over-riders have recently been re-chromed. The original ‘ever flex’ roof has been thankfully replaced with a more durable mohair material. A clever battery immobiliser, accessible under a wheel arch without having to raise the bonnet, is a wonderful insurance addition. The car displays perfect shut lines throughout and looks stunning.
INTERIOR – Jaguar Heritage Trust confirm that the car left the factory with their simply termed ‘Dark Blue’ leather interior and remains today. A recent, gentle restoration to both seats, have brought the interior to life again along with new matching door cards. New rubber sill seals now offer a neat, clean entry. A small repair, hardly noticeable, can be seen on the driver’s squab. All rocker type switches are functioning correctly. The boot interior has also received a new lease of life with correct clean beige material. The 15” Springall steering wheel is in fine condition, commensurate with such a low mileage example.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION – The 12 cylinder, 5343 cc unit (Engine Nr: 7S 12783 SB) produces 272 bhp through its 4 Zenith Stromberg carbs which were overhauled in September 2014, including a new fuel pump. The clean engine bay, presents well with a recent new oil pressure switch fitted. During recent re-commissioning and detailing it was decided to replace the exhaust with a new stainless steel unit. Gearbox number KL 6620 is smooth and correct. A new rubber seal has tidied the bulkhead side nicely.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES – The original chrome pressed wheels (a factory option, surprisingly more expensive than wires) are in wonderful condition and again, are commensurate with such a preserved example. They are shod in Pirelli P5 205/70 V R15 tyres offering almost new tread having recently passed the extremely strict Germany road worthiness test with flying colours.