Sold: 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I ($170,000)

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I ($170,000)

By Cooper Classic Cars
December 19, 2016

Photography by Cooper Naitove

PRICE: $170,000

The Series I E-Type is undeniably cool and widely regarded as one of the most important automobiles ever made.Unlike other cars which take time to earn the appreciation of enthusiasts, the E-Type received instantaneous acclaim from its 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut.

Aside from its undeniable good looks, E-Type lust is also attributed to state-of-the-art engineering and competitive pricing in the market – the ultimate trifecta.  Derived from Jaguar’s racing success at the time were features like front and rear independent suspension, rear inboard disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and a superb twin cam engine.  At its launch, you could get all of this for less money than the the outgoing Jaguar XK150.


The man behind the XK-E was Malcolm Sayer, an expert mathematician who was far ahead of his time incorporating advanced scientific methods into the design process.  Unlike the more flamboyant Italian designers, his association with the design of the car was arguably more understated even though the E-Type was an instant hit.  While the car’s beauty shocked the industry and the world upon its unveiling, it should have come as no surprise considering Sayer’s previous design triumphs: the stunning Jaguar C-Type and D-Type.

E1A and E2A Prototypes


This 4.2L OTS example was previously owned by a collector and had a full restoration around the early 2000’s along with a documented partial restoration in 2010. Additional work and mechanical servicing were completed earlier this year. More details below.


Body – The 2010 partial restoration included the remediation of paint bubbles found on the driver’s side rocker panel and lower sides of the doors, as well as fresh rubber seals throughout.  The car has no rust and there is no evidence of any accidents.  The panel fit is consistent and correct.

Full restoration photos are available upon request.

Paint – In 2010, the car received a body-off respray in dark blue metallic pearl. The work was done to a very high standard and still retains an excellent shine today.

Chrome & Glass – The chrome is in excellent condition and every piece has been replated: bumpers, door frame and handles, bezels, and switches.  Both the glass and weatherstripping are in great condition as well.

Wheels – The 15-inch chrome wire wheels are believed to be original and in like-new condition.  The spare wheel is also included.

Convertible top -The top is easy to operate, with a smooth action and a tight seal when in place.


Steering wheel  – The wood steering wheel is believed to be original and is in good condition, with no chips or wood decay.  The polished aluminum spokes have some slight patina consistent with an original item.

Dashboard & Instrumentation – All vehicles produced post-September 1963 switched from the early polished aluminum dashboard to black vinyl.The dashboard and dashtop are in immaculate condition and free of cracks, while all of the Smiths gauges work properly. An aftermarket Pioneer stereo deck is fitted.

Seats, Trim & Carpet – The 4.2L’s featured updated, more comfortable 6-pleat seats compared to the bucket-style version found in the 3.8L’s.  This example’s interior has been redone and is fitted with gray seats, both of which are in good condition with light creasing on the backrests and center armrest.  During the 2010 partial restoration, fresh door sills were installed.  The carpets are like new.


Engine – In 1965, the 4.2L I6 with triple SU carburetors was introduced.  While not as high-revving as the 3.8L, the newer unit was more a torquier engine better suited for the US market.This E-Type features its original motor restored to a high standard.

Transmission – The 4-speed fully synchronized gearbox was standard in the 4.2L models, improving performance, drivability and reduceing drivetrain noise.  The original transmission in this car has been refreshed to great detail.

Handling – The Series I E-Types had rack and pinion steering, rear inboard brakes, and fully independent suspension.  The front featured torsion bar style with transverse upper and lower wishbones, Girling monotube shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar.  The rear featured coilovers, lower wishbones and radius arms.  The 4.2L update was also fitted with 4-wheel vacuum-assisted Dunlop disc brakes.


While this is a very well-restored, numbers matching example, the exterior color is not original or period correct.


The sale is accompanied by the following documents:


Here are a few comparable sales from recent activity in the market for 4.2L Roadsters:


Best of the best: Of the three series production run, the Series I 4.2 is widely considered to be the most desirable as later models, particularly in the US market, suffered from safety and emissions standards that resulted in poorer performance and inferior styling.

Parts available: While most E-Types command prices north of $100k, the availability of parts is quite high considering the quantity originally produced and thus the knowledge base and community is active and engaged.


This car is for sale by Elliot Cuker of Cooper Classics in New York City.  You can get to know him better here.

PRICE: $170,000



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