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Lot Number
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1966 Jaguar E-Type 'Series I' Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $250,000
CHASSIS NO: 1E12126
• 2013 JCNA National Champion and 2015 JCNA Regional Champion
• Concours-quality, complete restoration by Jeff's Resurrections during 2012-2013
• Factory-original color combination; accompanied by JDHT Certificate
• Matching numbers chassis, engine, and body; Welsh Enterprises five-speed gearbox
• Includes full concours-requirement toolkit, books and documents
• Highly desirable and collectible late ‘Series I’ 4.2-litre example
• Single ownership since 1980
• Outstanding example of a true sports car legend

4,235 cc 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 multiple award-winning ‘Series I’ 1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster bears Chassis Number 1E12126 and retains its factory-specified colors of Opalescent Silver Blue and dark blue. Completed December 2, 1965 then dispatched to the United States, it was purchased new by James H. Summers of Houston, Texas. Subsequently, 1E12126 passed through two more owners prior to being purchased by the consignor in 1980, remaining sound and retaining matching numbers, essentially as it had left Jaguar’s Coventry factory, other than one repaint. Soon placed into long-term storage, it was entrusted in 2012 to Jeff Snyder at Jeff’s Resurrections, well known marque specialists in Taylor, Texas, for concours-quality restoration to JCNA National-level standards. The restoration, including some 2,500 hours of labor alone, was extensively photo-documented from the Jaguar’s total disassembly in April 2012 to completion in June 2013, with all parts inventoried and every aspect and system of the vehicle thoroughly addressed in the process. Retaining the original chassis, body, 4.2-litre engine (cylinder block and head), and rear end, the E-Type was discreetly upgraded during restoration with a special five-speed gearbox supplied by the Jaguar specialists at Welsh Enterprises, Inc., endowing the Jaguar with superior performance and driving ease.

Immediately following completion, the E-Type stormed the concours circuit, winning a succession of awards including the Jaguar Clubs North America (JCNA) National Championship in 2013 and the 2015 JCNA South Central Regional Championship (Division C5), garnering five perfect 100-point scores and three Best of Show awards in the process. Other awards include Best in Class at the 2014 Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, the Award of Distinction at the Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio (September 2014), and Best in Class at the prestigious Concours d’Elegance of Texas (April 2015). Earning Best in Class at the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance (November 2014) was particularly satisfying, with this E-Type so judged in the highly competitive “Legendary E-Type Roadsters” class. A complete listing of awards accompanies the sale of this outstanding ‘Series I’ E-Type, as does a written summary and photo-documentation of the restoration, the aforementioned JDHT Certificate listing original data, and the complete toolkit, books, and documents required for concours entry. A wonderful find for committed marque enthusiasts, this beautifully restored 1966 Jaguar E-Type ‘Series I’ Roadster is a proven concours winner at the highest levels, presenting a compelling opportunity to acquire, appreciate, and enjoy one of the finest.

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