1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1 4.2-liter Roadster
Chassis no. 1E15444
Engine no. 7E13172-9
4.2-liter straight six motor
Four-speed manual transmission
Open Two Seater body
Matching numbers example
Recent extensive refurbishment
Former JCNA Concours car
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. As beautiful as the coupe was, few could resist the charms of the open version. In fact, 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 roadster. 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.
Showing just under 67,000 miles on the clock, this very tidy XKE has been a North and South Carolina car for most of its life and was sold to the most recent owner just over ten years ago, having been in the previous ownership since 1989.
The vendor advises this is matching numbers car (the engine, head, transmission, body tag and front radiator support all match the data plate) that has never been in an accident, has no rust and retains all the original sheet metal. In 2011-2012 the car was professionally repainted in the original Primrose pale yellow while the interior is a mixture of new and original trim; a new Robbins stayfast top with matching boot cover, new leather seat covers, period Becker Europa radio and rubbers. The tires are Michelin XAS 185HR15 radials on new 72-spoke chrome wire wheels and spinners.
Mechanically, we are told the drivetrain required no internal work; the engine reportedly had excellent compression and no smoke but was detailed to show condition with a new porcelain-coated factory exhaust manifold and rebuilt SU carburetors. Suspension, brakes and fuel lines were re-done, a new exhaust system and new solid-state ignition were fitted.
Judged second in class at a JCNA Concours d'Elegance in November 2012, the few minor deductions have subsequently been corrected by the vendor and we are advised the car is a capable and enjoyable driver. The car comes with a complete tool roll, books and a Heritage Certificate had been applied for at the time of cataloging.
Offered on a South Carolina title.