1965 Jaguar XKE Series I Fixed Head Coupe
4.2-liter engine, 4-speed manual gearbox and disc brakes.
Fully restored with no expense spared. Rare to find a Series I covered head light coupe in this condition. Excellent overall condition. Numbers matching. Super straight, dry and rust free! Excellent panel fit and gaps. Finished in British Racing Green the paint is stunning, along with the chrome and brightwork which is in excellent condition. The interior is immaculate! This XKE drives fantastic with plenty of power and idles extremely smooth. The steering is tight and the brakes are responsive. Complete with receipts; knock off hammer, tools, spare wheel/tire, and jack.
The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 to 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 (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) 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 1955, and employed a racing design with both the body tub and engine bolted directly to the frame.
On its release in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type "the most beautiful car ever made". In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time. Outside automotive circles, the E-type has, with prominent placement in Austin Powers films (claim to fame European Collectibles sold the Shaguar to the movie studios and did the restoration including the union jack flag paint job) and the television series Mad Men, become cemented as an icon of its era.
The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8-litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. Earlier built cars utilized external bonnet latches which required a tool to open and had a flat floor design. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin bonnet latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8-litre engine was increased to 4.2 liters in October 1964.
Automotive journalists consistently ranked the Jaguar E-Type roadster as one of the most beautiful cars ever built. We couldn't agree more. In fact, that seems to be the consensus with everyone. People are just drawn to E-types.