1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Liter Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis no. 1E31482
Engine no. 7E5162-9
4,235cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Matching numbers example
*Finished in the original color combination
*A long-time California 'black plate' car
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate
The Jaguar E-Type
When introduced at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar's E-Type stirred passions with its extremely sleek and timeless design backed by staggering performance. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor.
Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carbureted, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance furthered the standards set by the preceding XK models: firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.
Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward subframe. At the rear the E-Type's suspension broke new ground for a large-capacity sports car, being independent at a time when most of its major rivals relied on the traditional live rear axle. Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels; those at the rear being mounted inboard alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight.
Often called the most beautiful production car of all time, the E-Type remains an automotive icon of design, engineering and speed.
The Motorcar Offered
This very fine E-Type Fixed Head Coupe was finished at Jaguar's Coventry works during the latter part of 1965, benefiting from the upgraded, fully synchronized transmission and the larger 4.2-liter XK engine. It was built just like it appears today, a left hand drive model painted in the striking Opalescent Silver Blue metallic color and trimmed in black Connolly leather.
Like many E-Types, this car was destined for the United States, where a Mr. Johnson Peltier of Los Angeles, California became the first owner in December of 1965. The blue E-Type is believed to have remained in Mr. Peltier's possession for decades, before finding a new home in the San Pedro, California area in 2004. It would remain in Southern California until 2008, when the E-Type traded hands and went to the Jaguar experts at Classic Showcase for a thorough refurbishment. As a genuine, black-plate California car, the Jaguar was reported to have been in low mileage, largely original shape, still retaining its original engine and drive train, and showing no evidence of accidents or rust.
The work performed by Classic Showcase included a repaint in the car's original original color, a refurbishment of the engine, the transmission, and installation of a new clutch. Furthermore, the E-Type received a new interior with restored seats, new carpets, new headliner and door panels. A new exhaust system was installed, and new suspension rubber fitted with extra attention given to the rear differential and braking system. Photos of the restoration are available in the car's history file, as is a copy of the Heritage Trust Certificate, which confirms its original specification.
A wonderful example of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, the Fixed Head Coupe represents the purest form of the model. This matching numbers car, having enjoyed the loving care of just a few long-term Southern California owners from new, must be one of the best examples available today.