Curious LHD roadster

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#1 Curious LHD roadster

Post by Sarthe72 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:02 am

Firstly, the photos can be found here:-

https://www.caranddriver.com/photos/g18 ... w-gallery/

I find it an interesting car with lots of peculiarities. Outside locks yet double boot hinges for one - or were the double hinges introduced before the inside locks? Anyway, I ask the assembled collective their opinions and when they think it may well have been made.

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#2 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by christopher storey » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:14 am

Several cars shown in that sequence I think . There are 2 side shots where the OBL escutcheon does not show up at all, and yet 1 where it is plain and obvious

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Post by Sarthe72 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:48 pm

I thought the same, but it is good to have confirmation from the elite!

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#4 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by edriver » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:46 pm

This is a nice riddle for the afternoon.
There are
...at least 3 different tyres shown: wide white wall, narrow white wall, black wall
...3 different licence plates, no plates, dark front plate, light front plate
...3 different dash panels: with radio, blanked out radio, with two gauges instead of radio
...2 different headlight surrounds: no chrome bezel, chrome bezel
...with OBL (2 different cars) and w/o OBL
...at least 3 colours (as far as I can tell from the B&W photos)

E-Type #1: wide white walls, OBL, soft top down & half down, dark colour, radio blanking plate. 5 pictures
E-Type #2: narrow side walls, med. grey body, no front licence plate, chrome head light bezel. 1 picture
E-type #3: narrow side walls, light coloured front licence plate, dark body colour. 1 picture
E-type #4: radio, no ashtray, OBL. 3 pictures (dash panel 2x and engine bay?)
E-type #5: white hard top, dark body, black wall tyres, no front licence plate, 2 pictures
E-Type #6: white body colour, 2 extra gauges, 1 picture (interior, open engine lid)
E-Type #7: dark body colour, dark front licence plate, no OBL, 1 picture (approaching)

Not sure, where I should put the blurry shot of the steering wheel :scratchheadyellow:
Nice period pictures anyway! Any other thoughts?
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#5 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by mgcjag » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:14 pm

Its just a gallery of photos of different cars..... :shrug:
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#6 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by tinworm » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:39 pm

This is on facebook too. Photo 10 shows a modified early roadster which had a supercharger fitted (along with US made gearbox) . You can read a little about the conversion in 'Jaguar E type 1961-66 by Brooklands books . If anyone has a copy - mine has fallen to pieces.

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#7 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by Philk » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:47 am

Fully agree that this is just a collection of old photos of a number of different cars. Some interesting detail present:

- The photo taken of the LHD steering wheel/instruments is definitely of an early car given the thin dashboard etc. Above the heater controls there is what appears to be an additional "jewel" warning light. Have not seen that before. Any ideas? It is not a continental LHD given the speedo is in MPH.
- The picture of the gent lowering the hood from the inside provides good detail of the earlier OTS window chromes showing the join between them and the much fatter lower windscreen chromes. Separately, was this the prescribed way of lowering the hood from the inside (which could explain why this rail was not trimmed)?
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#8 Re: Curious LHD roadster

Post by tinworm » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:52 am

The gent lowering the hood is Jack Brabham.
1968 E-type roadster, 1964 E-type fixed head 1995 Ferrari 355 1980 Ferrari 308 1987 V8 90 Landrover 1988 Bedford rascal van 1943 Ford GPW

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