1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé (1965)




1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé
• Highly collectible and desirable Series I XKE
• Accompanied by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate
• Well-maintained and ready for spirited touring
• Unmistakable style and sporting elegance

4.2-litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed fully synchronized gearbox, 3 SU carburetor, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, torsion bars, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links and twin coil springs, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 96”

The XK has been a wildly successful line for Jaguar ever since its initial release with the groundbreaking and voluptuous XK120 back in 1948, but the fevered arrival of the XKE changed the silhouette of the sports car market forever. William Lyons’ designer, Malcolm Sayer, delivered racing car looks and technology for the ridiculously reasonable price of an everyday driver. Sayer gleaned inspiration from their Le Mans Champion D-Type race car as well as from his time in aerodynamics at the Bristol Aeroplane Company. In fact, the XKE was among the first consumer-market sports cars to be tested in a wind tunnel. The result was a shockingly low-drag, aerodynamic sports car that was every bit as formidable under the bonnet as she was beautiful to look at. Today, 60 years later, the XKE remains the yardstick by which other sports cars are measured. What a legacy.
The bones of the XKE began with a semi-monocoque chassis with bolt-on subframes supporting the engine and an independent front suspension with torsion bars as well as modular independent rear suspension with inboard brakes, a departure from past live-axle XK models. Jaguar was always ahead of the game with regard to brakes, and their four-wheel discs were tweaked and upgraded from initial release by 1964 when the 3.8-litre engine was upgraded to a 4.2-litre. This year also ushered in the arrival of a new fully synchronized four-speed gearbox. The mesmerizing body stayed the same, but the evolution under the bonnet and in the cockpit made for an even more enticing driving experience. When you lift the bonnet’s signature clamshell on this particular example, the capable and pretty 4.2-litre inline-six boasts detailed, polished cam covers atop correct, gold hued cylinder head. An impressively detailed under-bonnet presentation reveals polished alloy carburetor dashpots, clean, black porcelain exhaust manifolds with copper hardware, hammer-tone finished air cleaner housing, and detailed suspension components. The effect is, indeed, impressive.
This Series I Fixed-Head Coupé, regarded by many Jaguar enthusiasts to be the purest expression of Sayer’s legendary E-Type design, is presented in red with black leather interior, making for a truly timeless beauty. Chassis number 1E31580 was the lucky recipient of a previous restoration that was faithful to the originality of the car. From the factory, the car was finished in pale primrose with black interior and was exported to New York on August 30, 1965. It spent many years of its quiet life in the pampered care of a private collector who commissioned its quality restoration and opted for the current red livery, which has been well-maintained. There is some subtle fading on the front bumper, but all brightwork appears tightly fitted and in crisp condition. The gleaming chrome wire wheels, wrapped in aesthetically appropriate 185-15 Blockley radial tires, against the bright red paint simply dazzle in contrast. Inside the cabin, is evidence of a premium restoration and recent refresh, the high-quality black leather upholstery achieves just the right touch of broken-in character matched with subtle sheen. The cockpit is complete with factory-correct everything – from Smiths instruments, toggle switches, black vinyl sill covers, leather-upholstered center console, grey broadcloth headliner to the correct wooden steering wheel. The more generous layout of the Fixed-Head Coupé and its luxurious reclining seats beckons for a long weekend’s worth of luggage in the rear and a road trip anywhere that inspires.
This truly classic example captures the magic of what made the E-Type, “the most beautiful car ever produced,” in the words of Enzo Ferrari. A graceful beauty accompanied by a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, this exquisite Series I Fixed-Head Coupé is primed to impress on the blacktop, be the most delightful Sunday driver you have ever owned, or a sound investment you will never regret. The choice is yours.

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  • Mileage: 3,837
  • Year: 1965
  • Doors: 5
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Red

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