The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 121
1966 Jaguar XKE 4.2-Litre 'Series I' FHC

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1966 Jaguar XKE 4.2-Litre 'Series I' FHC


• Desirable factory-original left-hand drive model
• Older restoration in excellent color combination
• A legendary British sports car to sort and elevate, or enjoy
• Accompanied by a car cover, spare parts, and numerous reference books

4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, 265 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes (inboard rear); wheelbase: 96"

The immediate impact and lasting influence of Jaguar’s brilliant E-Type (‘XKE’ in North America) simply cannot be overstated. Universally admired from its March 1961 Geneva launch by legions of enthusiasts and reputedly capable of inspiring even Enzo Ferrari to comment on its beauty, the new Jaguar was very much a racing car for the road, sharing DNA with the Le Mans-conquering C- and D-Types of the 1950s. Developed from the E1A development “mule” (‘XKE-101’) and the E2A sports-racer campaigned by Team Cunningham at Le Mans in 1960, the new Jaguar delivered breathtaking performance and remains the first series-production sports car to hit a factory-claimed 150 mph. While built along three distinct iterations throughout its run spanning 1961-1974, the ‘Series I’ cars are particularly coveted today for their unadulterated performance, aircraft-styled cockpit, and pure bodylines with minimalistic bumpers and sleek Perspex-covered headlamps. Main updates during ‘Series I’ production delivered greater interior comfort and from 1964, a larger-displacement, 4.2-litre engine and fully synchronized gearbox.

Numbered 1E32482, this 1966 Jaguar XKE is a desirable left-hand drive, 4.2-Litre ‘Series I’ Fixed-Head Coupe with an older restoration that was performed under the prior owner. While attractively finished in Old English White with burgundy upholstery, complemented by chrome wire “knock-off” wheels, this XKE would benefit from some sorting to improve various aspects of the vehicle, including replacement of the windshield, attention to door closure, the hood-opening mechanisms, and the driver’s side interior door panel and fitment. In addition to a car cover, this XKE is accompanied by a cargo compartment filled with miscellaneous spare parts, plus numerous parts, restoration, and Jaguar reference books, plus a fire extinguisher and show trophy. As offered, this XKE will provide the opportunity for astute collectors to acquire a truly legendary sports car and with some selective attention and effort, elevate the car for the show field or as a highly enjoyable classic sports tourer.

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