- Formerly owned by Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk
- Numbers-matching 4.2-liter engine, both head and block
- A comprehensive restoration with more than $95,000 in receipts
- Upgraded disc brakes, air conditioning, and five-speed transmission
- Includes Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
Since the initial export release in March 1961, the Series 1 E-Type has captured the imagination of automotive enthusiasts everywhere, including – most famously – Enzo Ferrari. A styling phenomenon, it set the aesthetic design standard for high-performance automobiles for decades. Though the E-Type was produced in various configurations through 1975, the first series is considered the purest and most desirable of all the variants today.
The car offered here underwent a three-year frame-off restoration and was, until recently, owned by Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. This project included the removal of the drivetrain and complete rebuilds on the cylinder head and the triple SU carburetors. During the restoration, a five-speed transmission, Wilwood disc brakes, and a modern air conditioning system were installed for comfortable touring. These upgrades can easily be removed to return this car to original mechanical specification.
During the restoration, the body was discovered to be rust-free; the car even retains its original floors. The exterior trim and bumpers were re-chromed, and the car wears new wire wheels with Michelin radial tires. Though originally finished in black, the E-Type received a fresh repaint in Opalescent Silver Grey, a correct factory color for 1966. A fresh red leather interior was installed, and all interior components, save for the clock, are correct and functioning properly.
With limited miles since the restoration was completed, and a comprehensive binder of receipts documenting the $95,000 in work done (not including the paint work), this Jaguar is in exceptional condition throughout and is sure to inspire passion and envy in 2017, much as it did in 1966.