Lot 28
1966 Jaguar E-Type 'Series I' Roadster

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Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 1E11012

• Fully restored by specialists at Images Autobody in Campbell, California
• Incredible color combination; accompanied by JDHT Certificate
• Proven tour car completed over 4,000 trouble-free miles
• Highly desirable and collectible late ‘Series I’ 4.2-litre example
• Outstanding example of a true sports car legend


4,235cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, 265 HP, Welsh Enterprises, Inc. five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes (inboard rear); wheelbase: 96"


Reporting on the debut of the new Jaguar XKE at the March 1961 Geneva Salon, Autosport magazine’s correspondent announced, “The E-Type Jaguar has made its electrifying appearance, and at one stride Britain takes the lead in the Grand Touring market of Europe.” The next month, the XKE followed its Geneva triumph by stealing the show in New York. Ever since, the XKE, alternatively known as the E-Type, earned universal praise from critics and enthusiasts for its design excellence, race-bred performance, and sensuous bodylines that continue to captivate all who experience it. The XKE also stands as one of a handful of automobiles on permanent display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Based upon a competition-style rigid steel monocoque body shell, the XKE was clearly descended from the glorious D-Type sports racers that ruled Le Mans during the 1950s. Lineage includes XKE-101 – the E1A development “mule” and the promising E2A sports-racer campaigned at Le Mans in 1960. A functional interior and powerful DOHC ‘XK’ engine inherited directly from the outgoing XK150S made the XKE an ideal two-seat GT car. Delivering breathtaking performance, the XKE gained immediate and lasting fame as the world’s first series-production sports car to exceed 150 mph. Production began with cars destined for Jaguar’s crucial export markets in March 1961, followed by domestic production in July. Methodical updates soon included an engine-displacement increase to 4.2 litres and numerous running changes, making the later-production ‘Series I’ cars, epitomized by this example, particularly desirable and enjoyable today.

Verified by its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this ‘Series I’ 1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster bears Chassis Number 1E11012 and features the incredible color combination of Cotswold Blue over red leather. It has been the recipient of a full photo documented rotisserie restoration by David Ferguson of Images Autobody in Campbell, California, one of the leading specialists in Jaguar restoration. Following completion, the car would go on to complete the Adriatic tour and 4,000 trouble-free miles; a true testament to the quality of work both inside and out. Following the tour, the car was brought back to Images Autobody and gone over again to prepare it for future showing or any manner of use.

A wonderful find for committed marque enthusiasts, this beautifully restored 1966 Jaguar E-Type ‘Series I’ Roadster is a proven tour car but also presents at the highest levels for judging, leaving a compelling opportunity to acquire, appreciate, and enjoy one of the finest.