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1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

  • Chassis no. 1E 12009
  • Engine no. 7E 6769-9
  • Gearbox no. EJ 5868
  • Body no. 4E 3448

Sold for $242,000

265 bhp, 4,235 cc overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

  • Fully restored to concours condition by marque specialists
  • Correct hardtop; beautiful finishes with subtle drivability upgrades
  • Accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate

The 1961 Geneva Motor Show marked a landmark moment in automotive history, as Jaguar proved that it still had some of the best designers in the industry and could indeed improve upon the breathtaking XK 120 and its successors with a completely new car. The E-Type instantly stole the hearts of everyone at the show, and it was no surprise to Jaguar’s dealers that they could hardly keep them in stock. Coupled with a new independent rear suspension, a top speed of 150 mph, and other improvements from lessons learned from the D-Type in racing, the E-Type was just as wonderful to drive as it was to look at.

A 4.2-liter powerplant, originally offered with Jaguar’s venerable 3.8-liter straight six, which was carried through from the XK 150S, was introduced in 1965. Even though the 4.2-liter engine offered the same amount of horsepower as the 3.8, torque was increased, allowing for better tractability in every-day driving. Other minor changes were also introduced at the same time, including furnishing the gearbox with full synchros, installing a new brake booster, and fitting adjustable seatbacks. The exterior, however, remained unchanged. The updated E-Type was indeed the car Enzo Ferrari had called “the most beautiful car ever made.”

This 1966 E-Type 4.2-Litre Roadster has resided in the southwestern United States for most of its life, and received a complete restoration to concours standards by a noted Jaguar specialist less than three years ago. Every component on the car is either brand new or fully rebuilt, and exceptional time and effort were spent in ensuring that this car is just as beautiful inside as it is out. It is finished in a stunning color combination of black over tan Connolly hides, which perfectly sets off its triple-plated chrome, and it is truly a marvel to behold. During the restoration, a handful of minor modifications to the car were made with drivability in mind. The original 3.54 gear ratio was changed to 3.23, making the car more tractable in each gear and comfortable for cruising. Also, four piston calipers were installed on the front brakes, and the car was fitted with a stainless steel exhaust. Additionally, the car is fitted with a correct factory hardtop, making this already magnificent E-Type even more desirable.

Jaguar’s E-Type is truly a timeless design, and it is one that seems to only improve with age. To many, an E-Type Roadster is a must-have automobile in any collection, and this example would surely please the most discerning of collectors. As this E-Type features a factory hardtop and upgraded front brakes, gear ratios, and a stainless steel exhaust, it would be just as wonderful to drive as it is to look at. With only limited mileage since completion of its incredible restoration, this is surely one of the most fantastic E-Types on the market today.

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