1966 Jaguar Series I FHC 4.2.Litre
Beautifully Restored and Finished in Striking Black / Red Leather / Dunlop Alloy Wheels
Heritage Certificate, Upgraded 4.2 Litre 6-Cylinder, Maintenance Records
THIS PARTICULAR E-TYPE SI FHC COUPE
This desirable Series I Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) is being offered as part of an extensive collection of European vehicles. The Jaguar has a history of ownership by prominent, affluent enthusiasts, and vintage race drivers.
The XKE is finished in a stunning color combination of black with a red leather interior. The Jaguar was manufactured on December 9, 1965 as a USA export. The Jaguar Heritage Certificate, #38948, documents the cars original numbers as follows:
– Engine # 7E 7160-9
– Chassis # 1E 32330
– Body # 4E 23481
– Gearbox # EJ 6346
The XKE retains the factory correct chassis and body number documented by a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Originally factory produced in Sherwood Green with beige interior, the Jaguar received a high quality, complete re-spray to its current and more pleasing black with red leather interior.
Cosmetically, the car is striking, with quality paint over very straight panels. Despite the restoration being completed several years ago, the paint has held up extremely well in part due to the cars minimal use. The paint has very few blemishes, with any slight imperfections not detracting from its overall appearance. The undercarriage is solid and clean with the appearance of originality, including spot welds on the rockers, and other locations. The bright-work is excellent with no pitting, or damage. The lenses and glass are similarly nice, with a few extremely small marks in the windscreen, but no other significant issues. The covered headlights and surrounding trim are in equally nice condition. Rubber trim is excellent and supports a trim removed, quality respray. Rubber window trim and surrounding chrome is excellent, emblems are free from damage, and side glass and trim in lovely condition.
The interior is in lovely condition and in its correct factory configuration. The leather seating surfaces are free from damage showing the patina of fine leather. The wool carpets are in very nice condition, covered by Jaguar rubber mats along with a set of virtually new red & black cocoa mats. The dashboard, switches, controls, and instruments are all excellent and correct. There is a radio blanking plate and the interior shows no significant departures from how the interior would have originally been trimmed from jaguar. The correct material on the kick panels has been fitted, and the headliner is excellent wool broadcloth. The steering wheel is in beautiful shape, with a pleasant finish and no cracks. The load space was nicely redone to match the rest of the interior and the area beneath the trunk floor is free from damage and clean.
As a 4.2 liter, later SI, the Jaguar was rated at 265hp by the factory. Previous owners report this car receiving the benefit of a high compression head and upgraded pistons, raising horsepower to an estimated 300hp. In a car with a weight of ~2,700 lbs., performance is exhilarating.
The file of repairs/maintenance completed by the cars current owner is including and supports the care that the car has received. While the file is too extensive to list in detail, highlights of repairs within the past ~1,000 miles is as follows:
Safety inspections, rotate tires, adjust belt tensions, complete oil service <300 mi.
- Rebuilt all 3 carburetors
- New Petronic Flamethrower distributor & coil
- CoolCat fan, new catch can
- New aluminum radiator
- New aluminum water pump / new coolant
- New fuel pump
- Complete tune-up, plug wires, air filter
- Miscellaneous replacement of chrome bit, electrical components
NOTE: Compression noted between 155-165 PSI at 33,273 mi. (<500 mi. ago)
The engine compartment is very clean and correct in its presentation. It reflects the care that the car has received by enthusiast owners. The polished metal components are excellent, and the components and finishes are correct throughout, from the radiator shroud to the windscreen washer reservoir to the alternator and heat shield. The sub-frame is quite clean and the suspension components are very presentable. The relatively
The car is a pleasure to drive. The engine starts easily and is well-tuned, making good power and torque, in addition to great noise. The clutch takes up positively and the gearbox shifts well. The chassis and suspension are tight and coherent, and the slightly larger, 205/70/15” tires fill the wheels wells with a nice profile but no negative affect on the characteristically light and communicative E Type steering. The Dunlop, period appropriate alloy wheels are in virtually perfect condition and are stunning against the deep black, high gloss exterior finish. The brakes are effective stopping the car straight and sure and the e-Brake is functional and properly adjusted.This is an exceptional opportunity to acquire a wonderful and increasingly rare E-Type coupe. A cosmetically attractive example that was restored to high standards, it is impressively fresh considering the age of the restoration, which is a testament to the quality of the work. Additionally, the XKE has an interesting ownership history and includes documentation from the current owner’s investment in maintenance and upgrades.
The XKE is complete including the Heritage Certificate, service records, , Owners Operating, Maintenance & Service Booklet, jack bag with jack, car cover, and a few small spare parts. The car has an impressive list of difficult to find characteristics, and will appeal to the owner for whom structural integrity, investment potential, provenance, and completeness.
The E-Type was unveiled in March of 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show, following the famous 11th hour disorder (one of the cars was driven to the show from England with just hours to spare). The car was an immediate sensation: its specification was state of the art, its bodywork arrestingly gorgeous, and the price surprisingly affordable. It embodied William Lyons’ values beautifully and it is no surprise that the E-Type has become such a legendary part of automotive history. The specification clearly demonstrated Jaguar’s racing experience and included independent suspension all around (at a time when Ferrari was still using live rear axles), disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight), and of course Jaguar’s legendary twin cam inline-6. The cars evolved over the years, however, the arrival of American safety legislation and the twelve cylinder engine made later cars less attractive and less sporting. The Series I cars were continuously developed, with the addition of 4.2 liter engine and fully synchronized gearboxes for 1965. Therefore, the pick of the bunch is almost universally considered to be the late Series I.
This particular car is a desirable late Series I example. The car feautes the sought after examples with covered headlamps. triple SU carburetors, toggle switch dash, and button activated starter.
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