1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Liter Convertible

Patrick Ernzen ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

This beautifully presented matching-numbers Jaguar benefits from years of ownership by a marque enthusiast followed by a premium restoration by one of the nation’s foremost E-type experts.

The Jaguar was more recently sold to the consignor, a specialist in E-type refurbishments. The engine was then rebuilt with new pistons, bearings and crankshaft, and the cylinders were bored to a “plus 20” specification for improved power. The gearbox was rebuilt with new synchros and bearings, and the differential was rebuilt with a taller final-drive ratio of 3.07:1. Numerous components were replaced with brand-new facsimiles of the originals, including the clutch, fuel pump and gas tank. The braking system was replaced with all-new lines, and the suspension was replaced with new shock absorbers and bushings.

Several tasteful upgrades were undertaken for improved performance and reliability, including an improved cooling system with a modern alloy radiator (with a 16-inch fan that is six times more powerful than the original), a stainless-steel exhaust system, and electronic ignition and distributor.

Dialed in for precise panel fit and outstanding running condition, this roadster is an exquisitely presented example of Jaguar’s 4.2-liter Series I E-type that is ideal for any marque enthusiast. It would make a perfect candidate for display at local concours d’elegance as well as enjoyment on the open road for its well-prepared aesthetics and performance.

Gary Anderson

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Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.

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