1966 Jaguar E Type Coupe
The Jaguar E-Type, for the North American market, is a British
sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961
and 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 top speed, sub-7-second 0 to
60 mph 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 in 1955, and employed
what was, for the early 1960's, a novel racing design principle,
with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and
front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame
chassis, as was common at the time, was needed and as such the
first cars weighed only 2900lb.
Few automotive brands can match Jaguar when it comes to consistency
in design. From the E-type forward, long wheelbase platforms with
elongated noses and short rear overhangs became the company's
signature look. This XKE stays true to that formula, with sleek
body lines that have been carefully maintained, after benefitting
from a frame off restoration. This numbers matching sports car
wears its Heritage sticker, proudly.
Built in 1966 as noted by the covered headlights but titled in 1967
(it takes time to come over on a boat from Jolly Old England!).
This ultra-straight paneled, all steel baby is tight. Not a mark on
it, and as close to perfect paint as one can get, draped in black
like an expensive evening gown. Bumpers and brite work are as the
body is, near perfect, and all correct. Finishing out each corner
are upgraded 6" wide aluminum spoked wheels, because who wants to
go screaming down the road on 4" wide Avons?! This car presents
just beautifully from bonnet to boot.
The builder states, a total redux from top to bottom, making use of
fine leathers, and interior surfaces just as original, but with
some modern conveniences added. Two pristine buckets sit on a
spacious driver passenger compartment, and are backed by a large
carpeted storage area, which is accessed by a very cool hinged
hatch at the rear of this car. Fronting the buckets is a pristine
black leather padded dash, which is peppered with various Smiths
and Lucas Gauges, toggle switches, and sliders for cool air, fan
speeds, and lighting. A matching leather center console rises to
the dash and contains the obligatory ashtray. Noted is the CIGAR
lighter, as smoking those "fags" is so pedestrian! Noted upgrade in
the glove box is an amp monitor, and 2 charging ports.
It would probably be cliche to state the immaculate Inline 6 just
purrs, but honestly it really does. There is nothing like the sound
of a Jag pulling away from you, and this one does not disappoint.
This holds true for performance too, as the engine has undergone a
complete redux with a tweaked cam, aluminum radiator and some other
goodies to increase horse power. Bolted on back is a 5-speed manual
Like new would best describe the underside of this car. Seen are
updated brakes, shocks, a heavier sway bar, and nothing but
beautifully painted metal frame. Not unlike the chances one would
take with the 4" Avons, new disc brakes are replacing the old, and
can bring it to a halt very efficiently. An aluminum radiator, and
total stainless-steel exhaust finish off the underside package.
For the serious Jaguar enthusiast, a Heritage Sticker car (the
original transmission is available, but is not offered with the
purchase pricing of this car) with performance and safety upgrades
to allow you to growl your way down the highway, or wind your way
through the countryside very efficiently and safely all the while
putting the accelerometer through its paces. A frame off
restoration completed by noted builder/restorer/vintage race driver
Terry Lippincott, who not only is a master builder, Jaguar expert,
but an interesting conversationalist to boot!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.