1965 Jaguar XKE Series 1 FHC  Chassis no. 1E30157
Lot 348
1965 Jaguar XKE Series 4.2-liter 1 Fixed Head Coupe Chassis no. 30157 Engine no. 7E1413-9
Sold for US$ 74,750 inc. premium
Lot Details
1965 Jaguar XKE Series 4.2-liter 1 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis no. 30157
Engine no. 7E1413-9
Body no. 4E20199

• 4.2-liter inline six motor
• Four-speed manual transmission

• Matching numbers example
• Fully restored by marque specialists
• Unusual color combination

Jaguar made a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls and rocked popular culture. Not even founder William Lyons could have predicted the impact of the Jaguar XKE.

When first seen at the 1961 Geneva Salon, the new Jaguar was long and low and as sexy as a car could be. Jaguar also claimed an incredible 150mph top speed thanks to a 265 horsepower version of the glorious 3.8-liter twin cam engine. From the outset, the new E-Type was offered in OTS (open two seat) or FHC (fixed head coupe) form. In the swinging Sixties, noted American motoring writer Henry Manney III dubbed it "The greatest crumpet-catcher known to man."

The E-Type featured four-wheel independent-suspension, disc brakes all around and a four-speed manual gearbox to send power aft. Whether open or closed, it offered Ferrari performance for less than half the price.

For 1965 an enlarged 4.2-liter engine was introduced and mated to a new all-synchromesh transmission. Externally unchanged, the interior was updated with more supportive bucket seats. Although the power rating remained at 265bhp, torque was increased.

To most sports car enthusiasts, few cars are more appealing than a Jaguar E-Type. Those in the know prefer the later cars - like the one on offer - with the bigger engine and the better seats, but not so late that they lost the triple SU carburetors, headlamp covers or the purposeful dashboard toggle switches.

Restored by a respected marque specialist to a high standard several years ago, this delightful XKE FHC joined the Oldenburg Family Collection shortly after completion in 2005.

Finished in the elegant combination of Navy Blue with cream and oatmeal leather upholstery, the car is a matching numbers example that benefited from a comprehensive and thoroughly documented mechanical rebuild and body restoration to factory original specifications. Carefully maintained ever since, this XKE has mellowed nicely and could either be a superb driver or show car.

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