1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I 4.2-LITER ROADSTER WITH DETACHABLE HARDTOP
Chassis No. 1E12715
Engine No. 7E8351-9
Opalescent blue with blue leather upholstery
Engine: six-cylinder in-line, twin overhead camshafts,4,235cc, 265bhp at 5,400rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent torsion bar, rear, independent coil; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
Many superlatives have been used to describe the classic design of the Jaguar E-Type: sleek, racy, elegant, sporty. Referred to as "the zenith of the Lyon's line", it has been called one of the most beautiful cars ever. In any case, since its introduction in 1961 few cars, if any, have had such universal appeal as the Jaguar E-Type.
In 1964, following the initial production series, Jaguar adopted an updated version of the E-Type. The 4.2 Series I looked identical to earlier cars, but a larger 4.2-liter engine replaced the 3.8. The engine had re-spaced cylinder bores to accomodate the increase in displacement. A completely new crankshaft was designed in which the counter balance weights were repositioned, thus reducing the load on the main bearing. Peak torque was 283 lb/ft.(as compared to the 3.8's 240 lb/ft.) In anticipation of the increased torque, thicker webs were added to the crankshaft. An all-synchromesh gearbox and an improved brake servo system were also fitted to the 4.2 cars.
This Jaguar was delivered new to the Ken Rambler Corp. of Paramus, New Jersey in May 1966 who sold it to Mr. Aleaxander Covals of Hackensack. Many original documents accompany this lot including the Jaguar delivery sheet, Bill of Sale and Manufacturer's Warranty. It is interesting to note that when new the car cost a base price of $5,402, the white wall tires were $49, the chrome wire $172 and the hardtop an additional $248 bringing the total price to $5871.00. Mr.Coval kept the vehicle until the late 1980s when it was sold to a Massachusetts Vintage car dealer who then sold it to the second registered owner, Mr. A. Mosby Harvey Jr. in September 1989 with just 15,836 miles recorded. His purchase included trading in his A.C. 289 Cobra and paying $80,000 for the E-Type. The car was driven very sparingly since 1989 until the second owner's untimely death, today the vehicle has just 16,900 miles on the odometer.
This low mileage, matching numbers Jaguar is thought to have been repainted in its original color around fifteen years ago. As one would expect the original upholstery is beautifully preserved. Original items that accompany the lot include the tool roll with hand tools, jack and jack bag, vinyl delivery pouch, maintenance voucher booklet, dealer directory, registration, window sticker and factory hardtop. The series I E-type with covered headlamps is highly desirable and the opportunity to buy such a beautifully preserved Jaguar classic is becoming increasingly rare.