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1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2

Lot No.: 630

Registration: LAX 66D
Chassis Number: 1E32839
Engine Number: 7E-8629-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4200
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Sold for (£): 49,450

The Jaguar E-Type story is well known and no introduction is needed.

According to the Jaguar Heritage certificate ‘LAX 66D' is a Series 1 4.2 litre fixedhead coupé manufactured on the 8th April 1966. It was dispatched on the 26th April 1966 to its first owners, Ann & Ernest Testa of Fairview Pennsylvania via Jaguar Cars, New York.

It was repatriated to the UK in 1994 and was converted to righthand drive with the interior changed from the original Black to a high-standard and contrasting Grey. The history file shows that it has been very well maintained since repatriation including an engine rebuild by VSE and the original gearbox replaced with a Getrag 5-speed making for a spirited drive. The exact ratios are listed in the file and we are informed the combination gives excellent mid-range acceleration when overtaking and great punch when exiting low-speed corners.

The V5C now shows a clear line of ownership since 1994 and the odometer 28,000 miles. Although not warranted, the previous MoT's do show that it has only covered 10,000 miles over the last 10 years.

‘LAX 66D' is a very usable everyday classic and mechanically very sound. Externally some cosmetic improvements could be made to enhance the car although not essential in any way.

In summary, this car cannot be ignored given the E-Type standing in the classic car community, coupled with its very realistic guide price and future investment potential....