Monterey | Lot 140
1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster
$240,800 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
24 August 2018
- Exceptional fresh restoration by marque specialists
- Original engine block and head, and original gearbox
- Beautiful period-correct color scheme
- Correct jack, tool kit, owner’s handbook, and convertible top boot cover
The E-Type offered here was built on 18 January 1966 and dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York for Thomas J. Watson, believed to have been the scion and chairman of IBM and well-known car enthusiast. It was acquired by its current owner, a well-known marque specialist, several years ago, after which a beautiful restoration was performed. This included rebuilding all major mechanical components, including boring over the engine by 20-thousandths, regrinding the crankshaft to accept new bearings, resizing the connecting rods, and installing new small end bushings, as well as dynamically balancing the rotating assembly to ensure smooth operation. The original cylinder head was rebuilt using new valves, springs, and tappets.
The gearbox was rebuilt with new bearings, synchro rings, layshaft, and seals, and now operates beautifully; further, the differential was rebuilt with new bearings and seals, while changing the gear ratio to 3.07, improving the performance of the car while making each gear feel longer and reducing the engine revs at higher speeds. Keeping the engine cool is a new aluminum radiator and 16-in. electric fan, which works well in modern traffic. The entire braking system is new, from the master cylinder to the rotors, as is the wiring harness, fuel tank and pump, windows, and sundry other items.
The body was refinished from bare metal in Opalescent Silver-Blue, an original E-Type color, and the interior retrimmed using correct British materials. Six-in. wide, 15-in. diameter wheels were installed, one-in. wider than stock, to accept Michelin 205/70/15 tires. Supplied with the car is a correct jack, tool kit, owner’s handbook, and convertible top boot.
One of the nicest and best-presented E-Types on the market, this wonderful roadster is suitable for either concours or a winding country road.