First registered and supplied through Byatts of Fenton, Stoke on Trent as HEH731D on the 10th May 1966, records show that the Series 1 Coupe had spent it’s life in the Midlands prior to being purchased by David Thompson in February 1980 with a recorded mileage of some 68474 miles by July 1980. Over the ensuing years between 1986 and 1991, David Thompson assisted by Jaguar employee (we believe) managed the complete and full restoration outsourcing work to leading Jaguar specialists. The E Type returned to the road in May 1991 ready to take part in the 30th Anniversary Jaguar E Type celebrations in June 1991, at which point the recorded mileage was only 69905 miles. In the following years the E Type won “best of class” in Jaguar Drivers Club events, and when valued by the JDC it was described as being in ‘Show Condition’ After the ground up restoration the E Type stayed with David Thompson until sold to a classic car enthusiast in Jersey in November 1996. Since 2008 some £8500 + has been spent on regular servicing and maintenance, together with replacing rubber seals as required. It is still in excellent condition after being restored some thirty years and 11,000 miles ago. The following work was carried in the period to 1991, and is documented in the history file
1987 Body shell completely rebuilt by GB Panels of Caldecote, Nuneaton £28065
1987 Full engine restoration Ron Beaty Engineering Coventry /Forward Engineering £ 1548
1988/ 1991 Olaf P Lund £1052 / Martin Robey Ltd £1285– All parts for restoration £ 2337
Sundry bills for Carman Red paint and body materials
Following the launch of the Series 1 3.8 litre E Type in March 1961, the engine capacity was increased to 4.2 litres (4,235 cc) in October 1964.
The 4.2-litre engine produced the same power as the 3.8-litre (265 bhp;198 kW) and same top speed (150 mph;241 km/h), but increased torque approximately 10% from 240 to 283 lb⋅ft (325 to 384 N⋅m). The 4.2-litre's block was completely redesigned, made longer to accommodate 5 mm (0.20 in) larger bores, and the crankshaft modified to use newer bearings. Other engine upgrades included a new alternator/generator and an electric cooling fan for the radiator.
Autocar road tested a UK spec E-Type 4.2 fixed head coupé in May 1965. The maximum speed was 153 mph (246 km/h), the 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time was 7.6 seconds and the 1⁄4 mile (402 m) from a standing start took 15.1 seconds. They summarised it as "In its 4.2 guise the E-Type is a fast car (the fastest we have ever tested) and offers just about the easiest way to travel quickly by road.".
Motor magazine road tested a UK spec E-Type 4.2 fixed head coupé in Oct 1964. The maximum speed was 150 mph (241 km/h), the 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time was 7 seconds and the 1⁄4 mile (402 m) time was 14.9 seconds. They summarised it as "The new 4.2 supersedes the early 3.8 as the fastest car Motor has tested. The absurd ease which 100 mph (161 km/h) can be exceeded in a 1⁄4 mile (402 m) never failed to astonish. 3,000 miles (4,828 km) of testing confirms that this is still one of the world’s outstanding cars