Asking Price: $47,500 USD
Seller: Winning Classics
Original Selling Price: £2,097
Engine: 4.2-litre Dual Overhead Cam Straight-6
Max Power: 265hp
PROS: $13,000 in recent repairs.
CONS: Bolt on wire wheels instead of the original style wire wheels with knock-off hubs.
The Jaguar E-Type was produced from 1961 to 1974 and is one of the most iconic cars of the 1960s. Even Enzo Ferrari was quoted as saying “the Jaguar E-Type is the most beautiful car ever made.” That’s quite an endorsement from a man that many today believe designed and built some of the most beautiful automobiles of all time. In 1961, when the E-Type was introduced, the world had never seen anything like it. In terms of styling and performance, it was way ahead of its time. It had quite an impact on the market, as people could now buy a Jaguar with the looks and performance of a Ferrari, but at the price near that of a Corvette. The E-Type was so successful that over 70,000 were built and sold throughout the world.
The E-Type was offered in three basic variations: the Series 1 which was produced from 1961 to 1967, the Series 2 which was built from 1968 to 1971, and the Series 3 which was made from 1971-1974. The Series 1 and 2 models are known as XKEs as they were powered by Jaguar’s famous dual overhead camshaft inline 6-cylinder engine, which is known as the XK-Series. By 1971, Jaguar had ceased production of the XKE and started manufacturing the E-Type, which featured the brand-new Jaguar V12 engine in place of the XK engine. Although the Series 1 and 2 cars look like the later Series 3, in actuality they have very little in common. The Series 3 was a complete redesign built on an entirely different chassis.
This particular example is a 1969 Jaguar XKE OTS (Open Two Seater) Series 2, and is said by the seller to be an older restoration that has had over $13,000 in recent repairs. These XKEs can be very expensive to repair, so the fact this car has undergone a significant amount of recent work is a really good sign. We would love to see more information on exactly what was done, which shouldn’t be a problem as the seller says they have done all the maintenance and repairs in-house.
One thing bothering us about this car is that it’s not a true wire-wheel car, meaning the wheels you see installed are bolt-ons as opposed to the factory-original knockoff hub style. It’s these kinds of small details that really make or break many of these cars. We’d love to see this car with a nice set of genuine knockoff wire wheels. The seller does do their own repairs, so it may be something you could work into the deal. The seller also mentions the car to be 100% rust free, which is always the first thing we look for.
If you’re interested in purchasing this car, we strongly suggest having it fully inspected before you buy and if you can, take a close look at the car in person and give it a thorough test drive. We’d also recommend looking into the Series 1 and Series 2 cars as they may look similar, but are completely different in terms of drivability. The Series 3 is much more of a touring car than a true sports car. They came equipped with power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning, making them much more desirable for long road trips. They’re also quite comfortable and offer much more leg room than the Series 1 and 2 cars.
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