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Lot 52

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupe

  • Chassis no. 1E30527
  • Engine no. 7E2328-9
  • Body no. 4E20738

Sold for $187,000

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

  • Recently completed concours-quality restoration
  • Outfitted for comfortable, effortless touring
  • Arizona history from new

Jaguar’s E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show, but further development continued, and for the 1965 model, the gearbox was given full synchros and the seat backs were made adjustable. A new brake booster was also adopted, and the engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability in every day driving.

The car retained its pure form, with no external changes being made, but it was now more comfortable and responsive on the road. Road & Track enthused that it was “possible to drive at 15 mph in fourth gear without jerking or back-lashing,” all the while achieving up to 21 mpg. But for many, its greatest asset was that it looked the part and that nothing else looked like it. Whether labeled E-Type or XK-E, as it was sold in the United States, it made a statement about its owner and all who rode in it.

Not long afterwards, the onslaught of safety and emission regulations began having their way with the E-Type, resulting in the alteration of both its appearance and its performance. For this reason, it is these Series I cars, built from 1961 to 1966, that are most highly prized.

Bearing a newly completed concours-quality restoration, this E-Type Coupe evokes the image of the 1961 Coupe show car that was first seen at Geneva. This is an original Arizona-delivered example that had been stored for many years. At the onset of its restoration, it was rust-free and all of the sheet metal was in excellent condition. The bare shell was sandblasted, thoroughly prepped, and painted in opalescent silver grey. The interior has new red leather throughout.

All mechanical elements were rebuilt, and the engine was reconditioned, with new pistons, and dynamically balanced by Scottsdale Auto Machine. Stainless steel headers have been fitted, and they feed a big-bore competition exhaust system. An aluminum radiator has been installed, with a 16-inch electric fan, forestalling any possibility of overheating in warm climates. The braking system has been fully rebuilt, with four-piston front calipers and all-new hard and soft parts. New wiring and new glass have been fitted throughout, including the hard-to-find rear quarters and hatch. In the interests of comfortable touring, a five-speed Tremec gearbox with a 0.65:1 fifth gear was installed. The differential was rebuilt with tall 3.31 gears for the same reason.

The fit and finish are magnificent throughout, and exceptional attention to detail has been paid. All brightwork has been triple chrome plated, and the aluminum trim has been polished to show quality. The car rides on six-inch chrome wire wheels with 205/70 Michelin radials, ensuring that all power is transmitted to the pavement.

This car is unarguably among the best of all Series I Coupes on the market today, and it comes with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate to attest for its manufacturing history and matching-numbers status. Were Jaguar to build an E-Type today that was designed for modern touring, it would no doubt be just like this.

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