Jaguar enthusiasts were presented with a new option during the 1966 model year. The 1966 Jaguar E Type was now offered in a 2+2 Coupe configuration, which added extra rear seats and additional storage. This 2+2 version was nine-inches longer than the Coupe and Roadster models that it was sold alongside, and thanks to additional space, an automatic transmission also became available. The marketing idea was that a “family sports car” would attract more families to the Jaguar brand, however the concept was never as great a success as the original Coupe and Roadster models. Due to the low demand for the 2+2 Coupe, finding one of these models today is a great find. If you’re searching for a 1966 Jaguar E Type, keep your eye out for this configuration. That being said, the Roadster and Coupe models were relatively the same as the previous year 1965 E Types.
Whether you’ve been considering buying a 1966 Jaguar E Type for decades or have recently come across an E Type that you’d like to learn more about, you’ve come to the right place. A renowned California classic car dealership based in Los Angeles, The Beverly Hills Car Club has been helping classic car enthusiasts buy and sell classics of all makes, models and conditions for years. When searching for a 1966 Jaguar E Type for your garage, one of the main considerations should be rust. Many European classics from the 1960s received little to no undercoating and were not galvanized. The smooth and curvy lines of the E Type, while beautiful, are prone to rust. Finding the purest example available to you can be beneficial to you in the long run, as parts can be found but are often expensive. Additionally, because much of the chassis on the E Type also provides structural support to the body, these panels are far more important than just their looks. Secondly, you should go ahead and commit yourself to the realization that the Lucas electrical system will need maintenance and repair throughout the life of your E Type. Known to be finicky, this is something Jaguar owners dealt with for decades. Lastly, to ensure originality or that you are not looking at a coupe that was cut down into a roadster, be sure to match chassis and engine numbers with existing Jaguar records.
These are just some of the Buyer’s Tips that the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club encourages you to consider as you begin your search for the best 1966 Jaguar E Type for your garage. Should you have any questions or would like to tour their online inventory in person, be sure to connect today! They look forward to hearing from you soon!
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