Jaguar E Type
What this is
- factory Here is some information about our 1964 E type, which is up for sale. We've owned the car for 30 years, but its time to move on. I've got a couple other old cars, and this lovely one just doesn't get the use it deserves. The E type was purchased in 1988, and has been owned for the past 30 years. In the beginning (up to 1994) the car was totally redone - the body was taken down to bare metal, some minor corrosion removed, and repainted to British racing green. The chrome was either replaced or redone, and all mechanicals were done, front to rear.
Since that time, the car has been flawless in operation, used in some local rallies in the 1990s, but not much since then, with only about 12k miles since all the rebuild. Recent service included changing brake and master cylinders, but little else. It is a very good driver - just runs strong all the time. The car was purchased with 41k miles, rebuilt in 1993 with 48k, and has about 60k now.
Back in the 1990s, when the restoration was fresh, the car won a prize in the 2000 Tour d'Elegance Sportscar show, held just before and nearby the Meadowbrook Concours in Detroit. We drove the car up from Chicago, glided in without even washing or cleaning it, and it scored 129 of 150, getting a Bronze award. Still have the judge's sheet.
The interior is largely original, with only the seats redone some time ago. The car has a nice tonneau cover, and has been garaged since the early 1990s. I have all paperwork from 1987. The car sn is 881559, registered as 1965, tho the Jag Heritage Trust in March 1992 said the car was made in June 1964 and first owner was in Wisconsin. The engine block and head are original and numbers match. The engine was fully and totally rebuilt in 1993 by Paul Glynn in Boston, a fine mechanic and friend, after local engine work was not successful. The only thing its needed since then was to replace the performance cams with new ones some years back. My wife and I drove it back from Boston to Chicago in 1994.
Good E type drivers (especially s.1) are rare. Either the cars are totally redone ($125-150k) or they have been neglected and will need lots of work ($50k). This is something different - a rock solid driver, that is aesthetically presentable but not over the top. It is for sale for $75k, and some assurance its going to a good home. A brief list of strengths and weaknesses then:
- an excellent driver car. All mechanical and electrical systems work without fail. Extremely reliable.
- rebuilt motor from 1990s still extremely smooth - Koukoushka once said it was one of the smoothest motors they've seen.
- body taken down to bare metal, still looks very strong. Insides of doors were done.
- mechanics rock solid
- period factory workshop manual
- 5 core alum radiator and shroud to ease overheating issues.
- later (s.2) gearbox for easier shifting - change is not visible
- solid mounting of steering rack from more responsiveness,
- heat insulation at floorboards.
- higher performance cams, slightly lumpy idle breathes well. Cams were from Terry's Jaguar WAD type.
- wire wheels replaced back in 1990s, no issues.
- GM self regulating alternator, easy to replace, and solved all electrical problems.
- Nardi wheel installed, original steering wheel comes with the car
- engine bay is more of a user than show car. Exhaust manifold shed its glazing.
- interior has largely original bits - some might find it scruffy
- top rarely put up. A 1980s white vinyl top, likely needs replacement. All there, but last up 10 years ago.
- some underneath seams showing their age and should be addressed. The man who did the bodywork (Pete Posemato of Gurnee) has inspected the car and is willing to do the work.
Here are pictures of the car as it is today. Please feel free to email with questions. Full size pictures can be found here:
The car lives in Chicago area.
Geoff Goldberg <email@example.com>
and some detail shots: