1965 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 4.2 FHC

Specifications
Stock: J65-245
Current condition: UNDER RESTORATION
Performance: 265 hp, 4.2, 3 SU carburetors
Transmission: 4 speed Manual
Suspension: Independent Front and Rear
Color exterior: Gunmetal
Color interior: Dark Blue
Features: Blaupunkt AM/FM Stereo
Mileage: 96,713 showing
Wheels: Chrome Wire Wheels
Tires: Kumho Solus 205/70/15
Brakes: Disc brakes, front and rear
Vin #: 1E31245
Engine #: 7E4467-9
Gearbox #: EJ3481
Description

AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: This Jaguar E-Type Coupe is currently under restoration, where it is being elevated to our Show/Driver level. This XKE is a great example that is a prime candidate for restoration, as it has benefited from long term ownership, and includes many coveted Series 1 features including: covered headlights, toggle switches, and triple SU carbs.

Included in the restoration process: the vehicle is being stripped to bare metal, then placed on a rotisserie, metal finished, leaded, all body parts fitted to the car and chrome, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base, clear, color sanded and buffed to a fabulous Gunmetal finish. All systems will be gone through, and the engine will be rebuilt back to factory specifications. The fuel, electrical, cooling, and hydraulic systems will be restored, and all components will be rebuilt back to factory specifications, including the engine, transmission, rear end and suspension. All chrome will be re-plated as needed, and the car will receive a complete new custom tailored and fit Dark Blue interior in the correct materials by our upholstery department. An mp4 video file of the restoration process will accompany the vehicle. Upon completion of the restoration, this Jaguar XKE Coupe will be a great example to show, drive and enjoy.

Our Jaguar professionals here at Classic Showcase are in the process of performing the restoration, so please stay tuned to this page for future photo and video updates on this exciting restoration!

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.