1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2.SERIES I TWO PLUS TWO COUPE
Registration No. HRU 575D
Chassis No. 1E 56327
Engine No. 7E 518349
Opalescent silver blue with blue leather interior.
Engine: Six cylinder in-line, twin overhead camshafts, twin SU Carburettors, 4235cc, 265bhp at 5400rpm; Gearbox: four-speed synchromesh manual; Suspension: front independent by wishbones and coil springs, rear independent with twin coil spring/damper units; Brakes: servo assisted disc all round; Centre-lock wire wheels. Right-hand drive.
Bearing a strong visual and structural resemblance to the highly aerodynamic, handsome D-Type sports racer which had achieved Jaguar's fifth outright victory at Le Mans in 1957, the E-Type Jaguar of 1961 was probably the most perfect example of how to build hard-won racing experience into a roadgoing production car. For the first time, owners were offered sports-racing performance and handling with the comfort, easy ride and equipment of a luxury town carriage. William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars and creator of the E-Type, gave his instinct for line and proportion full scope to produce one of the most memorable seductive outlines ever seen on a production sports-car. His engineering team built in a modern fully independent suspension system to provide superb response and cornering qualities. Power-assisted disc brakes were powerful enough to cope with the demands of the magnificent twin-overhead camshaft engine, which could project the coupe to over 150mph maximum speed. But above all the E-Type offered quite astounding value for money. It was vastly superior, Autocar's testers thought, 'to competitors sold within £1000 of its price'.
By 1966 Jaguar had detected, particularly in the USA, the E-Type's major market - a demand for a coupe that could, if need be, accommodate one or two adults for short journeys, or a couple of children on longer outings. The extra space was found by extending the coupe's wheelbase by nine inches, which involved some redesign of the central monocoque. The roofline was raised, the doors lengthened, an extra seat inserted, the rear cabin floor revised. The opportunity was taken to provide greater heat insulation and there were a number of thoughtful improvements within the interior, more storage space, simplified heating controls. The car was given slightly lower overall gearing which gave a top speed of 137mph at maximum safe revolutions, but improved initial getaway from rest. At the same time a revised 4.2 litre engine was introduced, much stronger and with improved torque characteristics, mated to a new Jaguar-designed gearbox with baulk-ring synchromesh on all gears.
Originally delivered to Bournemouth, this E-Type 2+2 coupe has had five recorded owners, three of whom were of one family.
With matching numbers throughout, the car has its original engine and appears to be in good mechanical condition. On a test drive it performed very well. The body appears to be sound and largely original, displaying correct panel fit. The interior has restored front seats and good original rear one. There is a manufacturer's tool kit.
With good provenance and early service record, plus support from strong one-make clubs, this Jaguar should provide many miles of enjoyable classic driving. It has a V5 and MoT to July.