• Finished in stunning triple black
• An exquisitely restored, numbers matching example
• Accompanied by its original 1965 registration, warranty booklet, dealer list packet, as well as the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
4.2 litre inline six-cylinder engine, 265 HP, 3 SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, fully independent front and rear coil spring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 96"
After incredible success with the XK150, William Lyons realized it was time for full-on redesign of the flagship Jaguar sports car. First introduced at Earls Court in 1961, the Series I E-types have long been considered a true blue-chip collector car, both for their incredible design and impressive driving characteristics. Literally every man, woman, and child with the slightest interest in automobiles was captivated by the lean and lithe styling. Even Enzo Ferrari himself stated that the E-type roadsters were the most beautiful cars he had ever seen and, to this day, they remain one of the most iconic British vehicles ever built.
It’s no wonder they were so well received. By 1965, the XKE was sporting a larger 4.2 litre power plant, a synchromesh four-speed gearbox, fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes all around, making a well-sorted E-type like the one offered today fully capable of a 150 mph top speed.
This beautiful triple black example was recently restored to a very high level by noted marque specialists, and is fully ready for any Concours or marque-specific competition. The long flowing lines of William Lyons’ body design - particularly when finished in gloss black – make it obvious that the panel fit and alignment is impeccable. Only a very small amount of traditional lead bodywork was required, and all of the body parts were pre-fitted, and then removed from the frame for individual primer and paint application off of the car. After priming and sealing the base coat, a fine clear coat was applied and, finally, the entire car was color sanded and buffed to an incredible finish. Likewise, the chrome parts were carefully removed, plated and fit back on the car with care, matching the new chrome wire wheels perfectly. Even the desirable covered headlights are clear and free of any flaws, giving this E-type an incredibly fresh and accurate presentation.
Under the bonnet, the entire drivetrain was restored with great care, utilizing as many existing parts as possible, with only correct replacement parts as required. The car starts readily, idles smoothly, and will offer the new owner spectacular performance that only a triple SU carb 4.2 litre E-Type can offer. The car shifts beautifully and begs to be driven seriously with the fully synchro four-speed manual gearbox.
Inside the cabin, you will find newly trimmed and fitted black supple leather upholstery, flawless wool carpets and, of course, a new matching soft top and boot cover. The stylish toggle switches and factory gauges all operate perfectly, with a period-correct and stylish Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo installed, for those rare times when you choose not to simply listen to the smooth roar of the inline six. The 1965 E-types feature new improved bucket seats, so settle back and enjoy an incredible motoring experience.
A triple-black E-type is a rare and desirable vintage sports car, one that commands both respect and attention, whether out on a curvy country road or at any vintage car event. Top up or down, it is simply one of the most impressive and honored sports car designs in history, and offers a fine opportunity to own and drive a true British icon.
1965 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS