1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster
s/n 1E10834, Engine no. 7E3416-9
Silver-Grey with Red Leather
Once in a lifetime, beauty, engineering, and history converge, resulting in an object so delightful - it transcends generations of admirers. The Jaguar E-Type is exactly such a car. Unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, those in attendance were witnessing something brilliant. Stunning design, unrivaled performance, and racing lineage made the E-Type an immediate sensation. With its beautiful lines and surprisingly affordable price, the E-Type grew to iconic status where it has remained for more than half a century. But it wasn’t beauty alone. Jaguar’s racing experience offered independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight), and Jaguar’s legendary twin-cam inline-6 engine. Sales were brisk, affording ongoing development including the 4.2 liter engine and fully synchronized gearboxes for 1965. Later cars, particularly those imported to the United States, had safety and emissions equipment that negatively influenced both performance and aesthetics, thus making Series I 4.2 liter cars among the most desirable.
This particular Series I roadster, according to Jaguar Heritage Trust (certificate included with the car) was assembled March 25, 1965 and departed the factory April 13, 1965. Originally delivered to Jaguar Cars, New York, the first owner was Michael D. Kirkland of Edmunds, Washington who is believed to have owned the car briefly before selling it to a California resident. The car remained in California, eventually finding ownership with Bay Area doctor Mike Wilson, who planned to restore the car. After 22 years of storage and partial disassembly, at age 78 Wilson decided he could not compete the project. In 2010, the current owner saw the car courtesy of Jaguar restoration expert Dave Furguson, Images Auto Body, in Campbell, CA. Having been stored for so many years, the car was complete, but in need of a full restoration, despite having travelled only 39,000 miles. The car arrived at Image Auto Body where they embarked on an exhaustive restoration addressing every part and component using in-house skills and expert vendors for specialty finishes and mechanical assemblies. All cad plating, black phosphate, and clear coatings were done at TechPlate per original specifications, and updated for longevity. Powder coated parts were dispatched to Maas Brothers and all chrome work was sent to experts at Faith Plating in San Jose. The exhaust manifold was sent to Jet-Hot for proper high performance coating and new wheels and spokes were purchased directly from Dayton Wire Wheel. The bodywork was reviewed carefully to preserve as many original panels as possible. The outer sills and floors were the only body pieces replaced, due to a previous owner having cut them for a custom exhaust. The remaining body panels were all in excellent condition providing a sound and important original basis for the restoration.
During the extensive restoration process, all details were documented and photographed. The team prepared the car for final assembly with attention to detail but also focusing on drivability – a show car with uncompromised driving prowess. Koni shocks were mounted up front and Boge shocks at the rear, the transmission was upgraded to a JT5 5 speed (original equipment included) with modular bell housing, 9.5” diameter clutch, new driveshaft, and appropriate mounts. The original motor was rebuilt and reassembled using a lightened flywheel, sport cams, and a Pertronix electronic ignition. Attention to the cooling was given via an aluminum radiator. A complete stainless steel exhaust system was installed and all fluid lines, brake lines, and fittings were replaced or reconditioned from original. Dozens of specialty parts were sourced from Jaguar experts SNG Barratt including upgraded brakes, correct interior, and dozens of accessory parts. Expert restoration companies such as White Post Restorations were called upon to rebuild the clutch master sleeve, Champion Engines for all machining work, XK’S Unlimited, and Welsh Enterprises for dozens of exacting authentic components to complete this amazing restoration.
The finished car was completed in 2012 with total expenses exceeding $250k. The car was shown at The Quail and Hillsborough Concours and has since been featured in magazines and smaller outings. The current owner has used this E-Type roadster sparingly, choosing to show it and drive it occasionally for pleasure, but always maintaining it to the highest standards. Last year $2,500.00 was spent on the car at Vintage Auto Services where it was serviced and sorted in keeping with the excellent restoration and care this car has seen over the past six years.
Today, the condition of this car is stunning. The color combination chosen is among the best one might find on an E-Type roadster. The paint is essentially as new with beautiful gloss and deep metallic luster. The back edges of the doors and front of the hood have been treated with clear 3M film to reduce contact abrasion and stone chipping. All of the original trim was replated, now showing a rich, warm mellowing to the chrome finish. The body integrity is outstanding, owing primarily to being a California car nearly all its life. The body panels exhibit beautiful shut lines and tight closure on doors, trunk, and bonnet. All trim, script, and piping have been applied with jewel-like care and precision.
The interior is in handsome condition having been both thoughtfully and expertly redone with correct leather and trim, excellent quality carpeting, and a pristine dashboard. Although this car originally left the factory painted bright red with black interior, the car was thankfully redone in silve-grey metallic exterior with gorgeous red interior. Fit and finish throughout the interior once again is among the finest one will find in any XKE.
The engine compartment is beautifully composed in appearance and detail with all components prepared as originally intended, with finishes upgraded to improve longevity. The original block is in place with the head replaced during restoration and restamped (the original one did not earn the machinists confidence, but it has been retained and is included in the sale). As one might expect, the undercarriage is in excellent condition, with all structural panels sound throughout. There is no evidence of structural damage. All finishes and components viewed in the undercarriage appear as tidy as the rest of the car. The overall integrity of the body seams and joinery is very nice and further speaks to the originality of this E-Type.
In addition to the astonishing cosmetics, this E-Type roadster runs and drives extremely well, starting easily and settling in quickly to steady 700rpm idle due in part to the precision rebuilt and important ignition upgrades. Recent carburetor and engine adjustments have been performed as needed in order to preserve the performance capabilities in keeping with the high visual standards. The engine has great oil pressure, makes excellent power and torque, and pulls strong in all gears. The hotter cams bring the car to freeway speed rapidly with no shudder, stall, and virtually no flat spot. The car tracks exceptionally well and rides smoothly. The modern 5 speed shift easily, with downshifts delightfully moving in harmony as the eager engine coaxes you into higher revs. Steering is excellent, while cornering and braking are very much in keeping with the stability of the car overall. Accompanying the car are dozens of original unrestored parts, including the original head, original exhaust manifold, original gearbox, all records and receipts from the extensive restoration, articles featuring the car including the cover of E-Type Magazine, and the original California black and yellow license plate.
Jaguar E-Type roadsters are highly prized for their beauty and performance prowess. Series I cars with 4.2 engines are further considered among the best-built combination conceived by Jaguar Motors. Combining great colors, a superb cost-no-object restoration, important and thoughtfully engineered performance upgrades, and conscientious ownership, this stunning car – restored by premier enthusiasts, for enthusiasts – simply captures your devotion, beckoning you to drive and enjoy for years to come.
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