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1965 Jaguar XKE Coupe Series 1 Private

Cars Bowling Green   94 views
Location: Bowling Green
Price: $90,500 Negotiable

This 1965 Jaguar XKE fixed-head coupe is a Series 1 car with a matching-numbers 4.2-liter straight six and documented long-term ownership history from new. Restored with a bare-metal repaint in the mid 1990s, the car is original in appearance and presents well in the video below. The car has a few sensible upgrades to improve drivability, which include a 5-speed manual transmission (original 4-speed included), electric fan, spin-on oil filter, upgraded alternator, remote rear brake bleeders and more detailed below. The current owner has had the car for 22 years and driven it around 20k of its 97k miles. The sale includes a Jaguar Heritage Certificate along with show trophies, original ownership materials, books, and tools.

Documents show the car was purchased new in Santa Monica by Charles H. Older, who was an ace Flying Tigers fighter pilot and later the presiding judge in the Charles Manson murder trial. After 16 years of ownership it was sold to Older’s next-door neighbor before its 1994 purchase by the seller’s father, who is the fourth owner of 22 years.

Originally Opalescent Blue, the car’s Malcolm Sayer-penned body was repainted white in 1975. In the mid 1990s, it was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the current silver over the course of two years. The finish still shines over panels showing good fit with even gaps. The seller says the car bears signs of use, but had no rust or filler when painted.

Chrome bumpers and trim are straight, including dual fender-mounted mirrors and trademark triple wiper blades. Dual exhausts frame a single central reverse light. Lenses look clear and free of cracks or fading. Chrome knockoff wires are shod in tires with approximately 1000 miles and a spare wire wheel is included.

The dashboard top and headliner were replaced as were the carpets, which remain protected by matching tri-tone coco mats. Blue leather seats are unrestored and still show well with expected wear. Three-point seat belts have been fitted up front. Much of the rear interior is thought to be original.

The signature E-Type wood wheel is uncracked and in good shape with an unfaded horn button. Smiths gauges were freshened, while knobs, Series 1 toggle switches, and levers show minimal signs of use. The updated 5-speed retains the stock shifter and knob for an original look. The clock is inoperative as is the dealer-installed Blaupunkt radio.

The sideways-swinging rear door retains protective hinge covers, and opens to reveal a nicely trimmed luggage area.

The original 4.2-liter twincam inline six #7E5183-9 was reportedly rebuilt in the mid 1990s. With seven main bearings and fed by triple SU carburetors, it was good for 265 bhp and 283 lb·ft of torque when new.

The engine stamping can be seen above. Subtle modifications include an upgraded alternator and spin-on oil filter conversion, along with a coolant recovery tank and electric fan for reliable cooling. Additional updates include valve guide hold-downs, a Mallory distributor with optical pickup, and Jet-Hot coated exhaust manifolds.

A T5 five-speed manual transmission with 0.73:1 fifth gear replaced the original four-speed in 2004. The original numbers-matching gearbox #EJ4202 is included in the sale. Independent rear suspension was also overhauled, and the inboard rear disc brakes were fitted with remote bleeders.

The video above includes a walkaround, operation of the bonnet latches, and driving on surface roads. The 4.2 responds quickly to its pushbutton starter, settling into an even idle and accelerating smoothly with a throaty exhaust note. The car has been driven extensively since its restoration and has proved a reliable driver, never suffering a breakdown in 20k miles according to the seller.

Above is the data plate mounted to the monocoque body structure. The small additional tag reads J66, indicating 1966 registration in California. Chassis stamps can be seen in the gallery below.

Above is the Jaguar Heritage Certificate.

Included ownership records go back to the original purchaser, while service records date to 1981. Trophies show the car has been competitive in Jaguar Club of North America events since the mid 2000s. The sale includes a New York registration card in the name of the seller’s father, as the state reportedly does not issue titles for vintage cars. Filed under: e type, e-type