1966 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 4.2 FHC

Specifications
Stock: J66-442
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 4.2 Liter 6 Cylinder 265hp engine with 3 SU Carburetors
Transmission: 4 speed
Suspension: Independent Front and Rear
Color exterior: British Racing Green
Color interior: Tan
Features: Period-Correct AM-FM Stereo
Mileage: 100 test miles
Wheels: Chrome Wire Wheels
Tires: 185/15
Brakes: Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Vin #: 1E31442
Engine #: 7E5073-9
Gearbox #: EJ3982
Other 1: Body Number: 4E22323
Description

This Series 1 E-Type Coupe has just completed a comprehensive Show/Driver rotisserie restoration to very high standards. While the car can be shown, or driven as desired, the Coupe’s restoration was focused on show competition, and as such, stands as an excellent candidate for competitive showing. During the XKE’s restoration process, it was fully disassembled and photo documented; the car was then taken to bare metal, metal worked on a rotisserie, then finished and repainted in British Racing Green. All mechanical systems were gone through and rebuilt to specification, and all brite work has been re-plated to show quality. The XKE has received a newly trimmed Tan interior, custom-fit and installed, along with leather trimmed seats, its original wooden steering wheel, fully restored, along with a complimenting fully functional, period-correct AM-FM radio. All mechanical components were gone through including the electrical, cooling, fuel, and the hydraulic systems, with each brought back to their respective factory specifications. The engine, transmission, and rear end have been completely rebuilt, along with the carburetors, starter, and alternator. The Coupe’s radiator and epoxy-sealed gas tank were fully restored as well, along with the addition of a new stainless steel exhaust system. With such coveted Series 1-specific features such as covered headlights, triple SU carbs, toggle switches, and comfortable seats, this example is a part of the generation of XKEs known to be one of the most classic and drive-able of all early E-Types.

View a YouTube video overview and road test of the Coupé below:



History

Launched in 1961 at the international motor show in Geneva, the XKE echoed the sensation of the XK-120, perhaps even more. An astonishing performance package, with amazing speed and handling, the XKE’s’ brand-new 4-wheel independent suspension system was so well conceived, it was used by Jaguar for over thirty years. The Series 1 4.2 is a very user friendly, sporty driver, and one of the most collectible of the E-Types. These are wonderful cars with a 4.2 liter engine with three SU carburetors and a fully synchronized transmission. Some of the features of this model are toggle switches, full instrumentation with styling and a design that was way ahead of its time with center console, and arm rests. Other features of this Series 1 are its steep windshield and tail lights, which are placed above the bumper line in the rear deck. Similarly, the parking lights are above the front bumper line in the front fenders. In 1964 when the 4.2 was tested, fuel consumption was rated road reported at 22 MPG and a top speed of 140 MPH.