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While the E-Type design proved remarkably adaptable to changing buyer demands and regulatory environments, the later Series 1 cars are the most satisfying with their sleek covered headlamps and aircraft-style switchgear, with updates, including the enlarged 4.2-liter engine, full-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, improved seating, and revised interior trim. Clearly benefitting from expert, single-owner care since late 1978, this 1966 Series 1 4.2-liter E-Type Coupe is a two-owner car that was acquired from its original owner in New Mexico. While having covered just short of 60,000 miles from new, the engine and drivetrain were serviced and repaired as needed approximately 4,000 miles ago by Foreign Traffic of Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Foreign Traffic also refurbished the brakes and suspension. Invoices for the work accompany the sale of the car.
In addition to its superior mechanical condition, this Jaguar’s sensuous body remains in fine, unrestored condition, with paint, chrome, and trim all presenting nicely. The well-preserved black leather interior is equipped with the original dealer-installed Blaupunkt radio and remains original, with the exception of the carpeting and lower- seating surfaces that were correctly replaced. Lightly used only during dry summer weather and accruing on average a few hundred miles annually, this E-Type has always been properly stored in a climate-controlled environment under the consignor’s care. Handsomely presented and very well maintained with low mileage, this Series 1 E-Type is complete with tools, owner’s manual, and a recently issued Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate that confirms it is a matching-numbers example.
As offered, this Jaguar stands ready to provide a wonderful driving experience and the tight feel that only an unrestored car can offer.
The Jaguar E-Type
From its landmark public introduction at Geneva, where it stole the show in March 1961, Jaguar’s E-Type redefined the sports car concept at one stroke with its sleek Malcolm Sayer-designed bodywork, race-bred dual- overhead cam engine, stunning performance credentials, and surprising affordability. Directly following the Le Mans-conquering C-Type and D-Type race cars and three successive generations of XK-powered road cars, Jaguar’s E-Type carried an impeccable pedigree and instant desirability. Today, it continues to rank as one of the world’s most influential automotive designs, a fact confirmed by an E-Type’s permanent display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. While a road car from the outset, the E-Type was nonetheless a formidable performer that mounted a credible challenge to Ferrari’s GTO in racing form. Today, the E-Type remains an unparalleled sporting landmark in every respect.