1966 Jaguar 38 S-Type

Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis, MO



Year 1966
Mileage 35442
Engine 100
Doors 4
Transmission Manual
Make Jaguar
Model 3.8S

3.8S 1966

Title Status Clear
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Blue Connolly Leath


1966 Jaguar 3.8 S-Type Sedan oSame owner for the past 11 years oLeft-hand drive American Market S-Type oOne of only 6,260 Jaguar S-Types made in 1966 oRebuilt numbers matching 220HP 3.8L DOHC, 12-valve straight six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors oFour-speed synchromesh manual transmission with Laycock overdrive and 3.77 gearing oPower front and rear disc brakes and optional Burman power steering oStunning Opalescent Silver Blue exterior (code 2640) oBlue Connolly Leather and Wilton Wool interior oDunlop four-wheel disc brakes oRain (fog) lights and chrome wire wheels Sinewy, sexy and stylish, Jaguar's 3.8 S-Type was only in production for six model years. It helped transform Jaguar's image worldwide. This example is one of only 6,260 S-Types made in 1966 and is handsomely optioned with a 220HP 3.8 twin cam engine, 4-speed manual transmission, Laycock overdrive and Burman power steering! Deemed a more luxurious alternative without the size and expense of the Mark X, this cat is finished in stunning Opalescent Silver Blue exterior (code 2640) which is in overall excellent condition. The car has undergone one professional glass out repaint. The body is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, and the chrome bumpers fit well to the body. This example has rare options - rain (fog) lights and chrome wire wheels. This car rolls on Dunlop radials, size 185R15 at every corner. Each tire is mounted to a factory chrome wire wheel. The tires and wheels are all in very good order. Under the bonnet is the original rebuilt 220HP 3.8L, DOHC, 12-valve inline six-cylinder engine with twin SU HD-8 carburetors. A complete, professional rebuild was performed by Coventry West, with about 1,600 miles added since completion. This motor is hitched to a four-speed synchromesh manual transmission with a Laycock A-type overdrive. Backing all of this up is a 3.77:1 final drive. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power steering and power four-wheel disc brakes. The S-Type used the same subframe mounted, coil sprung, twin wishbone front suspension as the Mark 2. The car's rear suspension was a revelation at the time of its introduction and remained the benchmark against which others were judged until the 1980s. Essentially a double wishbone setup, it uses the driveshaft as the upper wishbone. It carries the drive, braking, suspension and damping units in a single fabricated steel crossbridge, which is isolated from the bodyshell by rubber blocks. Including this suspension in the S-Type necessitated the development of a new crossbridge suitable for its 54-inch track, coming as it did between the 58-inch track in the Mark X and 50-inch track of the E-Type. Major changes were made to the S-Type's steering system. The Burman power steering system in the Mark 2, with its 4.3 turns lock-to-lock, was replaced by a higher-geared Burman unit of 3.5 turns lock-to-lock, which linked the input shaft and hydraulic valve by a torsion spring to improve its "feel." Inside, the car features a medium blue interior which contrasts nicely with the exterior. The seats were reupholstered in the correct Connolly Leather and below is the correct Wilton wool carpet. The headliner matches the rest of the interior and looks good. The two-spoke steering wheel, inner door panels with wood accents and burled wood dashboard are all in very good condition. In 1966, a dashboard switch was provided for the heated rear window, which had previously remained "on" as long as the ignition was on, leading to instances of dead batteries. A floor-mounted shifter and a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD player hides in the glovebox; the original AM radio is in place but not connected. The Jaguar Mark 2 was introduced in 1959 and sold throughout most of the 1960s. It has a live rear axle and is powered by the XK six-cylinder engine first used in the Jaguar XK120 of 1948. In the Mark 2 the engine was available in 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-litre capacities. In 1961 Jaguar launched two new models. The full size Jaguar Mark X saloon (pronounced mark ten) used Jaguar's new independent rear suspension and a triple SU carburetor version of the 3.8-litre XK engine. The other new car for 1961 was the Jaguar E-Type sports car, which shared the same 3.8-litre engine as the Mark X and a scaled-down version of the independent rear suspension. The S-Type was a major redevelopment of the Mark 2. It used a mid-scale version of the Mark X independent rear suspension to replace the Mark 2's live rear axle and featured longer rear bodywork, among other styling and interior changes. The S-Type was available with either 3.4 or 3.8-litre XK engines but only in twin carburetor form because the triple carburetor setup would not fit into what was essentially still the Mark 2 engine bay. By the time of the S-Type's release in 1963, the Mark 2 remained an unexpectedly strong seller despite its age. Alth


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