1966 Jaguar-XKE XKE Series 1 2+2 4.2
|Current condition:||UNDER RESTORATION|
|Performance:||4235 cc, 258.4 cu in., 4.2 L. 265 BHP|
|Transmission:||4 speed manual transmission|
|Features:||Original period correct AM push button radio|
|Mileage:||75,012 miles showing|
|Tires:||Michelin Red Line 185/15|
|Other 1:||Body Number: 4E52003|
(SOLD) *This car is for sale as a Classic Showcase restoration, either done to our Show Driver or Show level. Please see our restoration page for further information on what they each entail. Included in the restoration process the vehicle will be have all systems gone through, and the engine will be rebuilt back to factory specifications. The transmission, clutch system, hydraulic system will be restored and the car will receive all new rubber, and a new windshield. All chrome will be re-plated as needed. The car will receive a complete new interior in the correct materials. A DVD of the restoration process will accompany the vehicle. Upon completion of the restoration this Jaguar will be a great example to drive, enjoy and compete in shows.
In March of 1966, Jaguar introduced a 2+2 coupe with enough extra interior room for a pair of occasional seats in back. One Motor scribe immediately zeroed-in on the real significance of this development: "... It effectively turns the E-Type into a family grand tourer and will therefore extend Dad's youth for at least another seven years." As suggested by C/D, the 2+2 arrived on a longer wheelbase, up nine inches to 105 (three more than the old XK's). Created by stretching the sheet metal center of the monocoque, it allowed correspondingly longer doors for easier access. In an attempt to make the overall profile look right, both roof and windshield were raised two inches. Some people actually thought this an improvement. Some also felt that the longer, heavier 2+2 rode and even handled better than the two-seaters, and that its wider turning circle (up from 37 feet to about 42) was not much of a problem. The "family Jaguar" was still plenty fast, and it was still a Jaguar. Plus, the factory used the extra driveline length to incorporate an optional item that had been popular on the old XK 150: automatic transmission. The 2+2’s occasional rear seats necessitated considerable redesign of the rear bulk head area; it also had a larger luggage compartment. When the rear seat in not in use it can be folded to increase the luggage compartment.