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 885169 22 November 1961
 R2518-9 29 December 1961
 V1192 Route 3, Allentown
 EB1678JS Pennsylvania
 7 November 1961 United States
 
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4KXK009

GermanyMZEJ169H

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Record Creation: Entered on 30 October 2006.

Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"

 

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2007-01-15 12:03:52  |  XKE Data writes:

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  • Factory Delivery Year was added: 1961
  • Factory Delivery Month was added: 12
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    Glickman Motors
    1319 W. Broad St.
    Bethlehem, PA

  • 2012-01-04 10:33:15  |  XKE Data writes:

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  • Registration numbers (raw data): was changed from 4KXK009| to 4KXK009|MZEJ169H|
  • Registration number location (raw data): was changed from United States!CA| to United States!CA|Germany|

  • 2017-01-16 18:33:34  |  XKE Data writes:

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  • 2018-01-05 21:02:19  |  XKE Data writes:

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    Heritage Notes

    Original dealer:

    Glickman Motors
    1319 W. Broad St.
    Bethlehem, PA

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    2006-10-30 07:06:38  |  xke7 writes:

    Original paint,
    7107 original mls,
    4 owners,
    original tools and jack


    2006-10-30 11:13:23  |  Roger writes:

    What a lovely and remarkable car. More photos if you ever get a chance would be incredible.


    2006-10-30 17:05:39  |  pauls writes:

    Outstanding specimen!!!! Please do take many many photos of this car, its a time machine.


    2006-10-31 06:33:51  |  Roger writes:

    Thank you, thank you! They will bear some study, for certain.


    2006-10-31 06:42:34  |  Roger writes:

    I just realized, this car was built two days earlier than my OTS 876073, same color scheme. Cool!


    2006-10-31 07:19:47  |  Dave writes:

    Fantastic!
    Please post more photos if you can. They would be a great help to those of us restoring cars that were not in original condition when we got them.


    2006-11-01 22:55:48  |  Ray Sharp writes:

    What a stunning, amazingly original, car! My '61 FHC was just 14 cars earlier, so this is a terrific reference for me. Note the pumpkin colored head (this IS the real color) and the welded louvers.

    Thank you for posting these fabulous photos. !


    2006-11-01 23:24:52  |  Roger writes:

    Note that it looks like a few things have been changed, not surprising: The exhaust looks like a stainless replacement, the battery and one of its cables is new, and the tires probably are, or we just can't see the age on them.

    Some interesting things to note:

    The front suspension is finished in cad, not black paint. There was a change right in here somewhere from one to the other. Hm. Does this mean I need to undo my black paint? :)

    What is the capacitor on the front of the cylinder head? I don't recall that piece, but it's been years since I took mine apart.

    The cylinder head on my car was EXACTLY that shade:


    The heater air intake is correctly painted body color on this car, just like every other early original car I've seen (not a huge number, mind).


    2006-11-03 01:23:11  |  xke7 writes:

    Yes, that´s correct. Exhaust (stainless steel), tires and battery are not original.
    More detail photos next week.


    2007-05-01 13:12:59  |  xke7 writes:

    Owners in the United States:

    M.H. Wissel,
    Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Bernard Berman,
    Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Steven M. Berman,
    Mill Valley, California


    2007-05-17 22:57:09  |  Steven Sunshine writes:

    Stunning Original Car
    I have 885201 which was built just 7 days later and dispatched 10 days later.


    2007-09-08 18:49:50  |  Anonymous writes:

    Now with a happy gentleman in Germany.


    2011-09-07 12:23:45  |  Anonymous writes:

    1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE

    A new Jaguar for the 1990´s

    By Jed Rapoport

    At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, Jaguar introduced their new model, the E-Type. The new car provided a suprising level of performance and sophistication in a stylish new body for a fraction of the price of a comparable sports car. It did not take long for the sports car buying public to latch on to the new model and as they say in collector car circles, "A legend was born."
    Imagine the thrill of finding a pair of almost brand new 1961 Jaguar E-Type´s today. The cars, a roadster and a coupe, were stored for almost thirty years by the heirs of the second owner. The coupe, with 6500 original miles, faired its long storage well since it was in a clean garage. The roadster spent its years in a barn. Dirty and full of mice nests, the car was complete without a hint of rust or wear anywhere. The poor storage not withstanding, the condition of the car was good. Perhaps the condition was not surprising considering that the odometer only showed 3428 original miles.
    It was fortunate enough to be present when the roadster was delivered to its current owner and to assist the mechanic while he prepped the car to run again after its long repose. We started the process by removing the gas tank to clean out the old gas and sludge. The gas tank in an E-Type is located under the trunk floor next to the spare tire. We opened the spare tire compartment and found a package placed in the center of the overturned spare tire. We removed the package and opened it to find the original tool set along with containers of grease and touch-up paint still in their factory wrappings.
    After cleaning and reinstalling the gas tank and cleaning the bank of three SU HD8 carburetors we checked the radiator to make sure that no foreign objects had found their way in there and filled it with water. The ignition system was checked along with the spark plugs. The oil was dumped and fresh oil was poured into the cavernous oil pan. A spare battery was attached to the car and with crossed fingers the mechanic turned the key.
    The electric fuel pump quickly pumped fuel to the carburetors. Pressing the ignition button the engine turned over easily. The engine barely had to crank before it sprung to life shooting a spray of nut shells, grass and dirt from the exhaust system like shot from a gun. No doubt we disturbed the hiding place of some busy mice.
    I don´t think that Doctor Frankenstein was as suprised or excited as we were that the engine not only turned over but that it ran and ran well. There was not a hint of stuck valves, rusted pistons or any of the other potentially devastating damage that could occur to an engine when stored improperly for an extended period.
    The engine was allowed to idle as the temperature moved up and then slowly the gas pedal was depressed to test the engine over a greater rpm range. The smoothness of the engine was astounding. As the yery dry seals and hoses began to fail, water seemed to leak from erverywhere and the carburetors began to leak gas. The next stop for this car was the mechanics shop where it could be given a complete going over and tune up.
    The car received a thorough mechanical check-up that included rebuilding the carbs and replacing many of the hoses. The brakes were disassembled and cleaned and rebuilt (the original fluid was still in them and it was in surprisingly good condition). A new clutch cylinder was needed and a tune-up kit for the ignition was installed. A short time later the exhaust system was replaced as the heat from running the car began to open up holes where the mice had stored their food stuffs.
    Cosmetically the car needed very little. A thorough cleaning revealed that the original Bronze paint was in fair condition and a good polishing made the paint look very presentable. The top or "boot", as the English know it, was replaced because the animals had left the original looking like Swiss cheese. The carpets on the floors were thrown away because they were downright disgusting. Everything else was like new, including the original Dunlop white sidewall tires mounted on wire wheels painted body color, indicating that the original owner didn´t spring for the optional chrome wires.
    The serial number on the roadster identifies it as number 616 (875616) off the assembly line while the coupe is number 169 (885169). Both cars were sold new to Max Hess the flamboyant owner of Hess´s Department store in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
    Hess loved exotic cars. Over the years he owned everything from an Allard to a Lamborghini. Hess also had an unusual practice of driving a new car for a few days or less and giving it away to a key employee or friend. The two Jaguars were given to a trusted employee (Mr. Wissel, Allentown, PA) after Hess drove them, I´m told, around the block. The cars remained in the family of that lucky employee until acquired by the current owner (Bernard Berman, Allentown, PA).
    The 3.8-litre double overhead camshaft in-line six is not large by 1961 standards. However the power generated is plentiful; 265hp at 5500rpm according to Jaguar. From the time you start the engine you can´t help being impressed with the quality and sophistication of the car. The engine tone is smooth and mellow matching the overall image of an understated British grand touring car with leather interior and wood trim. Slip the short gearshift lever into the first gear and release the clutch and you will be reminded that this car was built to run. The power comes on quickly thanks to two-inch throats on the SU carburetors. The performance is impressive. The acceleration is sufficient to press you into the seat and keep you there through the gears. Although I did not even try to test this car to its full potential, it is easy to understand the 150mph top speed reported by the magazines of the period. The handling is extremely light and precise making this car is a joy to throw into a curve. Care must be taken not to push this car too hard as the original tires are too dry to withstand more than casual driving.
    As wonderful as this car is, at least one shortcoming is clearly evident. The antiquated, even by 1961 standards, Moss gearbox, more affectionately called the "crash box" because of its lacks of a synchronized first gear and generally slow syncros throughout all gears, is not well suited to novice drivers. The transmission was a holdover from the previous model, the XK 150. The gearsbox was supposedly tough enough to take any amount of crunching gears. A theory I tested while getting the hang of the box. Once you get the feel for easing the transmission in and out of gear, the car proves quite easy to drive at any speed.
    Over the 13-year life span of the E-Type there were several variations. The series I 3.8-litre cars had the non-synchronized gear box, odd low back bucket seats that were not designed for comfort and the center console was covered in metal trim, just to name a few of the identifying features. In 1965 the series one 4.2-litre cars became available. These cars had the larger displacement engine still fed by a bank of three SU carburetors. The seats were still low back buckets but of a more traditional design that afforded a little more comfort and lot more adjust ability. The metal covering on the console disappeared and was replaced by a more pleasing leather cover. From the distance the cars could not be differentiated but up close the new badges had the 4.2-litre displacement spelled out for all to see.
    The 4.2-litre cars also addressed many of the shortcomings of the original 3.8 cars. A new all synchronized gearbox was fitted as well as a more reliable brake servo and fuel pump. Interestingly, the new higher displacement cars performed on a par with the earlier version. Most of the improvements in the new version were directed toward ease of operation and comfort. In late 1967 the series II cars made their debut but they were only a shadow of the previous variants. The series III, twelve-cylinder cars, produced between 1972 and 1974 were the last of the E-Types.
    I have been fortunate enough to drive many E-Types over the years. This particular car is the oldest and most original one I have ever driven. It proved a pleasure to drive and yes, the current owner exercises it whenever possible. Perhaps part of the impact of this car lies in the knowledge that there are still cars to be found in barns and other hidden locations. If two early production Jaguars remained in such remarkable condition with low miles for all of these years, than there have to be other gems waiting to be discovered. If anyone finds a Type 55 Bugatti roadster under a hay stack in a barn, call me. I seem to have put one in storage and can´t remember where.

    CAR COLLECTOR . APRIL 1995


    2012-02-16 16:17:21  |  Palle Larsen writes:

    I think I have something that belongs to you!
    I am restoring 885159 with body nr V1180.(see photo )
    On the left rear wheelarch I found a plate with the nr 1192 on it ( I have never heard they put a nr here)
    I am sure both your car and mine has the correct bodies, I just think they were to busy in these days at Browns Lane
    It could be interesting to hear what nr they have put on the wheel arc in your car.


    2012-02-25 04:37:55  |  xke7 writes:

    Thank you very much for this information. I don´t know what body number has my car on that plate. You have to remove the rear-wheel arch trimming. That´s not what I want to do. If you need more photos of my car for your restoration, please dont hestitate to contact me via e-mail. Thanks xke7


    2013-01-01 08:06:24  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7509 mls on 2013-01-01


    2014-01-01 10:53:34  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7547 mls on 2014-01-01


    2014-06-17 13:26:52  |  xke7 writes:

    JCNA Series 1 E-type Judge's Guide, 7th revision - June, 2013:

    6/15/13 Engine Cylinder head color clarification Pumpkin colored head # changed

    CYLINDER HEAD COLOR
    Pumpkin colored through at LEAST engine number R-2518-9 (see footnote C)
    Gold colored to silver- At this point in time ,6-2013, we cannot state positively whether any E-Type titled as a 1967 had a gold painted head.

    Footnote C
    We know that the earliest E-Types had a pumpkin colored cylinder head but there are no records available of when the color was changed to gold. From Dr. Haddock's research we know that all cylinders heads at least through engine number R-2447-9 were pumpkin colored. This is the highest number confirmed pumpkin colored head at this date, March, 2002, although it is possible the pumpkin color heads ran as much as 50 numbers higher. Since the above was written we have traced the pumpkin colored heads to R-2518-9.

    FINAL THOUGHTS
    In several cases when we know that a change took place but cannot track it through J30 or J37, I have gone to Dr. Thomas Haddock's book, "Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Restoration & Originality Guide" for assistance. Dr. Haddock has been tracking E-Types for over 25 years and has talked to the owners and taken pictures of numerous ORIGINAL cars. As an example, we know that the earliest E-Types had a pumpkin colored cylinder head but there are no records available of when the color was changed to gold. From Dr Haddock's research we know that all cylinders heads at least through engine number R-2447-9 were pumpkin colored. This is the highest number confirmed pumpkin colored head at this date, March, 2002, although it is possible the pumpkin color heads ran as much as 50 numbers higher. Note: As of 5-2013 the pumpkin colored head was tracked as far as R-2518-9


    2014-12-10 15:29:22  |  Anonymous writes:

    I would like to come in touch with the current owner of 875616. It would be lovely if somebody could establish a confidential contact with the owner.

    Kind regards


    2015-01-01 12:33:09  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7607 mls on 2015-01-01


    2015-03-14 03:39:46  |  xke7 writes:

    2015-01-06:

    Dear Sir

    Further to your enquiry, I can confirm that the name of the first owner should read M. E. Wissel.
    Unfortunately, due to our data protection laws I am not able to confirm any address information. This is no longer included on our Heritage Certificates.


    Kind regards,

    Mary O'Rourke
    JAGUAR HERITAGE ARCHIVE
    Heritage Motor Centre
    Banbury Road, Gaydon
    Warwickshire CV35 0BJ, England
    tel +44 (0)1926 645082 or 645083
    fax +44 (0)1926 645086
    e-mail jdhtarch@jaguarlandrover.com
    web site www.jaguarheritage.com

    Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust: Registered in England No 1709907; Registered under Charities Act 1960 Registered Number 286863; JDHT Limited: Registered in England No 2631524; Both with their Registered Office at: Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry, CV3 4LF, UK.


    2016-01-01 12:58:44  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7660 mls on 2016-01-01


    2016-01-02 17:28:04  |  Barrie Wood writes:

    I owned 885293 , Gunmetal / red interior body number on plate V1362 also on back of dash in pencil - Body number tag read V1374.


    2017-01-01 10:44:50  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7677 mls on 2017-01-01


    2018-01-01 10:01:26  |  xke7 writes:

    Mileage: 7766 mls on 2018-01-01


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