1966 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 4.2L series ISOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $115,000 - $130,000

$104,500 Sold

265bhp, 4,200cc overhead valve twin cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual synchromesh gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The Jaguar E-Type made a sensational first appearance at the 1961 Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva, Switzerland, unquestionably stealing the show. And for good reason – it was a production sports car that could break the magic 150mph barrier and possessed a design so appealing that it was selected by the New York City Museum of Modern Art as the “world’s most beautiful automobile.”

With four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels, it represented a milestone in the development of the modern sports car. More so, it was the evolution of Jaguar's LeMans winning D-Type. The new E-Type was ultimately an even greater technical breakthrough than the XK. Dispensing entirely with the prewar concept of a separate body bolted to a rolling chassis, the XKE broke new ground with a monocoque body tub attached to a complex tubular framework holding the engine and bonnet. Most importantly, the new car’s performance was as breathtaking as its looks.

The example offered here is a matching numbers 1966 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 liter Roadster with less than 46,000 actual miles. The 1966 E-Type represents a transitional stage for the Series I as it features the bulletproof 4.2 liter, 265 horsepower engine and the very smooth all-synchronized gearbox.

The XKE Roadster was treated to a professional restoration by its previous owner in the latter part of his 30 years of ownership. During the restoration process, the Jaguar was stripped to bare metal then re-sprayed in a beautiful cream, the brightwork was thoroughly rechromed, and the engine and transmission were rebuilt then fitted with a new wiring harness and a new exhaust system. The car was fitted with a new convertible top, all the seals were replaced and a new set of chrome wire wheels were shod with fresh tires. The interior was recently redone in a rich red by marque specialists Classic Showcase, who installed new seats, carpets, and all the panels. Classic Showcase also performed a complete mechanical inspection and service to ensure the roadster is in top form.

The 1966 Jaguar E-Type is widely considered the best of all the XKE series to collect and drive, most likely to appreciate in value. It features the very capable 4.2 liter engine with a fully synchronized transmission, comfortable bucket seats, center console, arm rests, and an improved brake system. Also, the Series I features covered headlights and toggle switches on the dash.

Truly an excellent example of one of the most attractive bodies Jaguar ever built, this particular E-Type, complete with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate of Authenticity and excellent low ownership provenance, is worthy of close inspection.

Reference Number 7350

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1966 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 4.2L series I
VIN 1E12880 
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