“As a high-performance touring car there are few machines to equal the E-Type, and none at all in its price bracket” – Autosport, 21st August 1964.
Although written more than 40 years ago, their summary of the E-Type’s appeal has lost none of its relevance, despite the model’s inevitable evolution from frontline production sports car to collectible modern classic.
The 4.2 litre version E-Type’s ‘six’ was the first significant upgrade, along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Apart from ‘4.2’ badging, the car’s external appearance was unchanged.
However, under the skin there were numerous improvements including the cooling and electrical systems, a matt black dashboard and improved seating. The top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged with the main performance gain being improved acceleration and as with its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E was built in roadster and coupé formats.
Delivered new November 1966 in Beverly Hills California by Charles H Hornburg Jnr. Motor Cars to its first owner Richard Hostin who kept the car locally in Hollywood and continued to service it at the selling dealer until he sold it to the second owner in 1971. Also Los Angeles based, he then fanatically cared for the car as the first owner did documented by the original service book and supporting service receipts until 2018 when he sold it and was imported into and registered in the UK where although maintained has been virtually unused and dry stored to retain its originality.
Having never been damaged and looked after so carefully virtually all of its life in Southern California it is a virtually unique rust free totally original ‘time warp’ fully documented two owner example, which looks drives and performs today exactly as it was intended to when sold new in 1966!.
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