1966 Jaguar E Type Coupe
The Jaguar E-Type, for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type's 150 mph top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes. The E-Type was based on Jaguar's D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years beginning in 1955, and employed what was, for the early 1960's, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame chassis, as was common at the time, was needed and as such the first cars weighed only 2900lb.
Few automotive brands can match Jaguar when it comes to consistency in design. From the E-type forward, long wheelbase platforms with elongated noses and short rear overhangs became the company's signature look. This XKE stays true to that formula, with sleek body lines that have been carefully maintained, after benefitting from a frame off restoration. This numbers matching sports car wears its Heritage sticker, proudly.
Built in 1966 as noted by the covered headlights but titled in 1967 (it takes time to come over on a boat from Jolly Old England!). This ultra-straight paneled, all steel baby is tight. Not a mark on it, and as close to perfect paint as one can get, draped in black like an expensive evening gown. Bumpers and brite work are as the body is, near perfect, and all correct. Finishing out each corner are upgraded 6” wide aluminum spoked wheels, because who wants to go screaming down the road on 4” wide Avons?! This car presents just beautifully from bonnet to boot.
The builder states, a total redux from top to bottom, making use of fine leathers, and interior surfaces just as original, but with some modern conveniences added. Two pristine buckets sit on a spacious driver passenger compartment, and are backed by a large carpeted storage area, which is accessed by a very cool hinged hatch at the rear of this car. Fronting the buckets is a pristine black leather padded dash, which is peppered with various Smiths and Lucas Gauges, toggle switches, and sliders for cool air, fan speeds, and lighting. A matching leather center console rises to the dash and contains the obligatory ashtray. Noted is the CIGAR lighter, as smoking those “fags” is so pedestrian! Noted upgrade in the glove box is an amp monitor, and 2 charging ports.
It would probably be cliché to state the immaculate Inline 6 just purrs, but honestly it really does. There is nothing like the sound of a Jag pulling away from you, and this one does not disappoint. This holds true for performance too, as the engine has undergone a complete redux with a tweaked cam, aluminum radiator and some other goodies to increase horse power. Bolted on back is a 5-speed manual transmission.
Like new would best describe the underside of this car. Seen are updated brakes, shocks, a heavier sway bar, and nothing but beautifully painted metal frame. Not unlike the chances one would take with the 4” Avons, new disc brakes are replacing the old, and can bring it to a halt very efficiently. An aluminum radiator, and total stainless-steel exhaust finish off the underside package.
For the serious Jaguar enthusiast, a Heritage Sticker car (the original transmission is available, but is not offered with the purchase pricing of this car) with performance and safety upgrades to allow you to growl your way down the highway, or wind your way through the countryside very efficiently and safely all the while putting the accelerometer through its paces. A frame off restoration completed by noted builder/restorer/vintage race driver Terry Lippincott, who not only is a master builder, Jaguar expert, but an interesting conversationalist to boot!