Conceived and developed as an open sports car, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and a 150mph top speed. The design owed much to that of the racing D-Type, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door.
Its engine aside, only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained. The latter was replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced on the Series 1 in October 1964, a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo forming part of the improved specification together with the bigger, torquier engine. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged, but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility.
By the time E-Type production ceased in 1975, 72,507 of all types had been made, of which only 1,957 were right-hand drive 4.2-litre coupés like this example, which was supplied new in February 1965 via Bookbers Garage to first owner P A Adouan of Malaya Garage, Billingshurst. The accompanying JDHT Certificate shows that the car was originally finished in Carmen Red with black-piped grey interior trim, while a letter on file states that it is believed to have once belonged to Welsh international footballer, Dean Saunders.
In the early 2000s, the E-Type was repainted in the then owner's preferred Jaguar Signal Red, the interior being re-trimmed in red-piped black leather at the same time (photographs on file). The current owner purchased 'FPO 909C' in July 2015. Described by the private vendor as in generally good condition with 'very good' engine, this beautiful E-Type coupé comes with a current V5C registration document and a most substantial history file containing an old-style continuation logbook, numerous bills, expired MoTs, old tax discs, photographs, etc.