1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 SERIES I TWO PLUS TWO COUPE
Registration No. ECL 76D
Chassis No. IE 50225
Engine No. 7E 51508/9
Primrose yellow with black leather interior
Engine: six cylinders in line, twin overhead camshafts, twin SU carburettors, 4235cc, 265bhp at 5400rpm; Clutch: single plate; Gearbox: manual four-speed synchromesh; Suspension: front independent by wishbones and coil springs, rear independent with twin coil spring damper units; Brakes: servo assisted discs all round, centre-lock wire wheels. Right hand drive.
The E-Type Jaguar first appeared in 1961 as a two-seater open roadster and as a pure Gran Turismo coupe accomodating two in considerable comfort and with space for luggage. When the 4.2 litre engine was introduced at the New York Show in 1966, the opportunity was taken to introduce a more roomy third model into the range. To produce the new two-plus-two coupe, the E-Type's wheelbase was extended by nine inches and its roofline raised and lengthened. Although even Jaguar themselves never seriously suggested that two extra adults could be comfortable for more than short journeys, it was possible to find space for a pair of children to settle in, at some cost to the available luggage capacity. Thus one could, as Motor neatly put it at the time, "extend Dad's youth for another seven years". Quite apart from the arrival of the two-plus-two variant, there were other improvements. The 4.2 litre engine's cylinder bores were respaced and there was a much stronger crankshaft with an improved torsional damper. One welcome feature was a new all-synchromesh gearbox with its own oil pump, supplemented by a stronger clutch.
On the two-plus-two the heater was improved to overcome the high cockpit temperatures found in early E-Types; better heat shielding was installed and the controls simplified. There were wider doors and the driver's visibility was improved by the taller windscreen. Convenience was not forgotten, with space found for parcel shelves below the fascia, and small lockers were provided in front of the passenger and between the front seats. At 136mph, the new model's top speed was slightly slower than other E-Types but with its lower rear axle ratio it could get away from a standing start rather quicker than the lighter two-seater coupe, with little between them to 50mph. The two-plus-two could also accelerate from 0 to 100mph in less than 20 seconds - impressive indeed!
Described as being in good usable condition, this E-Type offers a largely unmarked interior. The leather trim, although not original, has an attractive patina to it. It is judged to be in good mechanical condition. The engine, which it is understood was recently overhauled, runs well with correct oil pressure, although there it some clutch judder. The bodyshell may require relatively minor attention, as would the car's paintwork, which shows some blemishes. Nevertheless a useable model in a period colour scheme.