1966 Jaguar Roadster

The achievements of Jaguar's XKE (as it was known in the U.S.; it was "E-type" in its home islands) are well known. Introducing arguably the most modern, high performance chassis on any sports car in the world, four wheel disc brakes and a design inspired by Sir William Lyons and refined by Malcolm Sayer, the XKE was an instant success, abetted by continuing the highly developed, reliable, powerful and torquey 3.8 liter dual overhead camshaft inline six carried over from the XK 150. It offered specifications comparable with the finest sports cars from Europe's specialists at Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Ferrari with performance to match but at a price half or less that charged by the competition. There was simply nothing else like it, not even America's Corvette, still burdened when the XKE was introduced with a live rear axle and available only with drum brakes until 1965. The original XKE, with its covered headlights and simple bodywork, has long been regarded as the benchmark by which production sports cars are judged. This 1966 XKE Open Two Seater is the improved 4.2 liter with better seats; however; the engine has been swapped for a 3.8 liter. Painted red with black leather interior and black vinyl top, it has chrome wire wheels and black wall tires. It is a good, sound car with an older repaint that is showing its age. The body is sound although the floors have been replaced and the rear quarters show evidence of work. The trunk is solid. The interior has been redone at some point. It runs and drives but the engine smokes badly and will need work -- which might be a good time to go back to a 4.2 liter block. Restoration will be straightforward, or it can be driven after attention to the engine.

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