Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton
10 March 2012
Lot 209

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series l 4.2-Liter Roadster


$132,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



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Addendum: The exhaustive restoration of this E-Type was carried out by marque specialists Lippincott and cost in excess of $110,000.

265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, coil spring independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

• Correctly restored, matching-numbers E-Type Roadster

• Superb quality restoration by Lippincott’s Garage

• Upgrades for drivability and reliability

Writing about the inimitable E-Type, The Autocar said, “It offers what drivers have so long asked for, namely, sports-car performance and handling, combined with the docility, gentle suspension and appointments of a town car.” But for many its greatest asset was that it looked the part—and that nothing else looked like it. The E-Type made a statement about its owner and all who rode in it.

This 1966 Series 1 4.2 E-Type received a complete restoration from Jaguar specialists Lippincott’s Garage of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania in 2008-2009. A complete, original and matching-numbers car when acquired by the owner, it was entrusted to Lippincott’s with instructions to make it into a show winner. This included complete disassembly, stripping to bare metal and meticulous rebuilding using new parts when necessary. The car was completely rewired, and a new top and upholstery were installed.

During the process, however, it was decided to upgrade the car for drivability and reliability. The suspension was improved and larger wheels and tires were installed. The electrical system was up-rated from the original, including the provision of a modern radio. The workmanship throughout, however, is of the finest quality. Although it has covered few miles since the restoration, we are told it can be driven and enjoyed to the fullest.

The car is accompanied by a Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, detailing its manufacturing details and equipment. It also comes with a thick dossier documenting the entire restoration process, with photos and invoices for all work performed. One of the finest Series I E-Type Jaguars available, it will be equally at home on show or on the road.