1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster For Sale
I purchased this elegant dark blue Jaguar with a rare original hardtop in 1985 from the first owner who had put 40,000 miles on it. I enjoyed it for another 20,000 trouble-free miles as I was acquiring and restoring some of the sports cars that I coveted for my collection (which also includes a 1965 E-Type coupe). I started this Jaguar's careful restoration ten years ago. It was 99% rust free thanks to Corrosion Block, never had even a minor accident, and still retains all the original metal and spot welds. With the help of long-time Jaguar specialists Muncie Imports (U.S.) and Stuart Plant (England), and Victoria Plating (Canada), this totally refreshed survivor is now available for sale.
It made its debut at the Concours d'Elegance of America on July 30, 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan and won a Lion Award.
Why the 4.2
I passed up an opportunity to buy an early 3.8 roadster because these early cars are simply not as modern as they look — even though it was in my own backyard and had even less miles on it. With the 3.8, the transmission is (and feels) ancient, the seats are not comfortable, the generator doesn't keep the battery charged in urban driving, and the brakes are not as good. Although some consider these early cars more special, it is hard to understand why the "market" values what Jaguar worked so hard to improve upon. With the 4.2 update, the user experience is greatly improved while the exquisite design is not compromised.
This Jaguar was a graduation present from a mother to her son — the original owner, Joseph Frantin, a lawyer in New York City. His "city" car was a Pontiac Firebird. He used this Jaguar to commute to Miami. Around about 1983 he broke his back. The injury forced him to use his automatic-shift Firebird exclusively and retire his Jaguar to his mother's garage in Englewood, New Jersey, parked on a rug next to a piano. He placed an advertisement in Hemmings Motor News in 1985. With the hardtop installed, my wife and I drove it home to Ann Arbor on the July 4th weekend without incident (albeit heat exhaustion).
The front license plate holder assembly is kept in the trunk.
It was to be our “forever” Jaguar. Lessons learned over 25 years were our guide, no expenses spared. Without a Jaguar to drive during the roadster’s restoration, I bought a "restored" 1965 coupe. It had mechanical issues, I fixed them, and improved it. Discovering that the coupe is a more practical tourer for two, we are offering this opportunity to buy our perfect roadster.
Original bonnet with new springs.
Body. In 1985 it was thoroughly treated by a new-to-the-U.S. Corrosion Block franchisee in Ann Arbor, Michigan. About 20,000 summer miles later, without incident, inconvenience, and climate controlled storage, the original and severely checked dark blue paint and primer was removed using chemical stripper, scrapers, paint thinner, and Scotchbrite scuff pads. The body cavities were inspected with a borescope, using all feasible treatment plugs for access, and found to be still coated with no cause for concern. The subframe was disassembled, blasted, and powder-coated, and then injected with a little Corrosion Block. The pre-delivery body undercoating of the floor was retained and the inside of the trunk is still OEM as are all spot welds. No body panels were replaced.
One of the most beautiful perspectives.
The three primary bonnet panels were dip-stripped as a unit bolted to a custom fixture, then primed. Minor dents in the chin panel were metal finished and then blasted and primed. Sikkens single-stage paint system was applied by Stony Creek, one of the very best in the area.
A new windscreen, rubber, and trim were installed along with new wire harnesses, bulbs, and stainless steel heater crossover plumbing (very difficult!). The heater core and original radiator were cleaned and pressure tested. Every brake system component is as new and all suspension joints and mounts are new.
Original parts with new chrome plating.
Chrome. All original brightwork on the body and the hardtop were stripped and beautifully rechromed by Victoria Plating Ltd. in British Columbia, Canada. The front bumper overriders, top windscreen finisher, and outside rear view mirror are reproductions.
Wheels. The spare wheel with a Dunlop SP41 tire are factory original, as are the jack, tools, and tool pouch. The four mounted wheels are new from Dayton Wire Wheel, tubeless, with stainless-steel spokes and correct-size radial tires from Universal Tire. The knock offs are new reproductions.
Original wire wheel and tire from the factory used as a spare.
Convertible top and interior were manufactured and installed by Muncie Imports (aka G. W. Bartlett Co. est. 1972). The hood is matching dark blue Stayfast fabric, the top bows were restored, and the rear window is a custom two-zipper design for comfort and flat storage. It looks factory original. All of the cabin and trunk upholstery is reproduced as per factory patterns and materials.
View of the interior.
Steering wheel and dashboard.
Original factory hardtop.
Hardtop. The hardtop is also original to this car, purchased and painted to match by the dealer for the original owner. It too is carefully restored and the headliner was dyed by Muncie Imports to look as new. The rubber and window are new reproductions.
The spare tire well is all original.
The numbers-matching engine and head, and rear axle, were comprehensively and precisely rebuilt by Stuart Plant from Devon, England. The correct transmission is almost OEM new. The ring and pinion in the rear axle was improved for highway speeds with a new 3.31:1 gear set from TRW. Front torsion bars are the intermediate performance size. Rear springs and six shocks are new. Polyurethane bushings are installed up front. New cast iron headers, Bell stainless steel exhaust, and the original dealer-installed eight track AM/FM radio complete the sound systems. Most chassis parts were powder coated.
Under the bonnet.
Note that the air filter can is still OEM black.
Looks fast, is fast, drives like a kitten. It feels as solid as a new one. Highway speed is more enjoyable because the engine is more relaxed due to the change over to a gear ratio usually delivered to European customers. Muncie Imports drove it several hundred miles over a few weeks to thoroughly commission this build and then changed all the oils. Their comprehensive pre-delivery certification report is in the records.
A beautiful finish.
Jaguar with red ribbon.
Lion Award at the Concours d'Elegance of America
My Jaguar E-Type Roadster made its debut at the Concours d'Elegance of America on July 30, 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan where it won a Lion Award in the Sports Cars Post-1960 Class. I decided to show it with its rare original factory hardtop.
Sports Cars Post-1960 Class ring.
Receiving a Lion Award from the Concours judges.