1969 Jaguar XKE
Year of manufacture1969
In 14 years of production Jaguar made no less than 70,000 E-Types. Demand remained high throughout its life due to its stunning looks, high performance, competitive pricing and a comment from a certain Enzo Ferrari that it was the most beautiful car in the world. The Series II is consistently regarded as the best to drive, not least because of the refinements that had evolved from seven years production of the Series I, and the fact that British Leyland hadn't yet arrived to mess it up!
This Series II 4.2 Roadster is one of just 8,628 produced which feature open headlights, a wraparound rear bumper, repositioned larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers. It was also better cooled by its enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans and also featured better brakes.
Originally delivered to the USA, this particular example has spent most of its life on the other side of the pond until being repatriated to UK shores earlier this year. Whilst in America it was owned by just one gentleman from 1987 until his passing early this year, after which the car was purchased by our vendor from his estate sale.
For much of its stateside ownership the car was much coveted but rarely used and in the final years was subject to a complete strip down and sympathetic restoration by its long-term owner to retain the cars fantastic original condition. Unfortunately in the very final stages of the car's restoration the previous owner fell ill and passed away and the cars rebuild was never fully finished.
Our vendor on receipt of the car set about the final stages of the restoration, which entailed fitment of a new fuel tank and fuel lines and refurbishment of the brakes. Several other finishing touches were completed such as the re-foaming of the original seats and a general tune up and service of the engine.
When the car was sold via the deceased estate sale in the USA unfortunately all documentation of the car and evidence of the rebuild was lost. As such the car is presented with a copy of the US Title document showing the long term ownership, invoices of work undertaken whilst in the UK, a current MoT showing no advisories and a UK V5C document.
However this Jaguar presents superbly and is sure to make someone proud to own for many years to come.