1966 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 4.2 FHC

Specifications
Stock: J66-792
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 4.2 Liter 6 Cylinder 265 hp engine with 3 SU Carburetors
Transmission: 4 speed manual, fully synchronized
Suspension: Independent Front / Rear
Color exterior: Opalescent Silver Blue
Color interior: Dark Blue
Wheels: Chrome Wire Wheels
Tires: 185/15
Vin #: 1E32792
Engine #: 7E8682-9
Gearbox #: 4E24143
Description

May 2018 UPDATE: This Opalescent Silver Blue Series 1 E-Type Fixed Head Coupe is a matching-numbers (2) owner since new Colorado car that has just recently completed a comprehensive Show/Driver Show Car rotisserie restoration to very high standards. While the car can be driven as desired, this Coupe’s restoration was focused on show competition, and stands as an excellent candidate for Concours showing. It is getting increasingly difficult to find matching-number E-types in original color combinations; when we find such examples, we like to restore them to a higher level to not only preserve the great Heritage of E-types, but to also create a great investment for the collector.

During the E-Type’s restoration process it was fully disassembled, and photo documented; it was then taken to bare metal, metal-worked on a rotisserie, then finished and repainted in Opalescent Silver Blue. All of the Coupe’s mechanical systems were gone through and rebuilt to specification, and all brite work has been re-plated to that of a show-level quality. 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 was replaced, and it's gas tank was epoxy-sealed and restored as well, along with the addition of a new stainless-steel exhaust system.

The interior of the XKE has received a freshly trimmed Dark Blue interior, custom-fit and installed by our Master Trimmer in our upholstery department, along with a new headliner, sun visors, all panels, leather trimmed seats (with Moquet backing), its original wooden steering wheel (that we fully restored), along with a complimenting fully functional, period-correct AM-FM radio.

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. A Heritage Certificate of Authenticity and USB drive of pictures and an MP4 video of the Coupe's restoration accompany the vehicle.

View a YouTube 4K vehicle overview of the Coupe below:



History

The Jaguar E-Type, unofficially known as the “XKE”, was considered “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari, who wept when he first saw the car. Revealed for the first time at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1961, the world was shocked by its stunning looks, exhilarating performance and affordability. After more than 50 years, the E-Type continues to stand out as one of the most beautiful and recognizable automobiles in the world and is considered the epitome of Jaguar’s exquisite feel for body design. Designed by Malcolm Sayer, a former aircraft engineer, the car is literally a work of art having been placed as the only automobile in the permanent exhibit of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Sayer used scientific calculations to create the beautiful elliptical E-Type form. Of enduring quality, the E-Type was and is one of the most appealing, intelligent, elegant and intoxicating sports cars ever made like nothing before it, or would ever come after it. More than a half-century later, the E-type remains the gold standard for automotive design. The September 2015 edition of Road and Track had this to say about the E-Type Coupe. “Five-plus decades on, it remains the aspirational British supercar. E-types appear in every top collection, including the Museum of Modern Art’s, and their values still defy the laws of supply and demand. Some of the features of this model are covered headlights, 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.

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