This is a genuine 1965 Jaguar XKE Series I roadster. And while this
is arguably the most attractive sheetmetal ever to hit the road,
you can also see there is something much more going on here. That's
because this vintage icon is a fresh build that was given modern
fuel-injected Corvette power and all the best additions to handle
this 485 hp upgrade. So it's time to dig deep into the details on
the ultimate full custom build.
The E-Type (ok, XKE if you stick to the USA designation) is the
icon that tops many lists of the most beautiful car ever produced.
Jaguar wanted to utilize the strength of the racing-inspired
monocoque chassis. Today you can see that on this example, because
they invested heavily in restoring the body. It was sanded down to
bare metal; the body was precision fit; a new aluminum hood was
fitted; and then an excellent application of modern blue was put on
top. So this race-inspired design now has a sleekness that looks
like it can cheat the wind. The bumpers and some trim was even
expertly eliminated to keep this looking ultra-smooth, but the best
brightwork still remains. You see it in places like the delicate
bar across the front end and the iconic wire wheels with knock-off
hubs. Plus, it wouldn't be an ultra-desirable Series I XKE without
bright surrounds on the shielded headlights.
The blue folding roof has a terrific European look against the blue
paint, but for true distinction, you'll want to take the top down.
The black leather bucket seats with a perforated diamond pattern
looks stunning. And this black and brown theme is carried through
the center console, seatbelts, carpeting, door panels, and dash to
deliver a thoughtful and uniform look. And because this build was
completed only about 1,000 miles ago, everything looks absolutely
fresh. There's a modern attitude with upgrades like power windows,
cup holders, and an AM/FM/CD stereo w/Bluetooth. But this never
loses that classic feeling - even the upgraded AutoMeter gauges
have the classic Smiths look.
You're going to love tilting the whole front section forward to
showcase a truly unique powerplant. Despite the Jaguar name on the
covers, you're looking at a fresh LS3 crate motor. This
fuel-injected V8 is more advanced than what Jaguar was offering,
but it has been installed with the kind of professional
presentation that it looks like this belonged under the hood since
day one. Of course, since this is an American V8, they couldn't
resist a touch of American flair in this British car. So the you
have polished components like the brake booster, alternator, fresh
air intake pipe, and more. And with so few miles on the build,
everything is fresh and clean, right down to the suspension details
that are painted to match the car. More than just look great this
was built to drive. The 4L80E four-speed transmission is as new as
the V8. It was specifically built to handle the power of the LS
motor, and at the same time, also provide easy overdrive cruising.
And the famous Jaguar rear end that debuted on the XKE is legendary
for being both stout and sporting. Plus, you have rack & pinion
power steering, drilled & slotted four-wheel power disc brakes, and
a fully independent sports suspension. So yes, this amazing custom
is also great to drive.
The sale comes complete with restoration photos, because you're
going to want to document for others this Series I Jag's amazing
transformation. You know how unique this car is, so don't let it
slip away. Call today!!!