An interesting history, well-kept in good condition, and highly collectable. What more could the collector or enthusiast ask for?
Sometime in the 1980s, the owner of an Oregon pizzeria and deli sat on an airplane. While talking to another passenger, undoubtedly about cars, the subject of an abandoned Jaquar came up. The car was brought to an Ashland, Oregon repair shop where it underwent extensive repairs that the owner could not, or would not pay for. As is the case with most situations such as these, the car was listed for sale by the shop to cover the cost of the repairs.
Seeing the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the car that Enzo Ferrari once called “the most beautiful car in the world,” the pizza deli owner paid the outstanding bill and brought the 1970 Jaguar XKE Roadster home in boxes. Considering the car as a long term project car, the owner assembled the car and returned it to a road worthy state with the help of local shops and suppliers. The car was also refinished at some point during the same time period.
Over the years the car was enjoyed by its owner up until about 15-years ago when it started to have some electrical problems. After that, it served in parades from time to time which usually ended with the car needing a tow. The car was eventually parked and only started on occasion.
While there are no records as to what work was performed during the early days, recent work has been well documented. All electrical problems have been worked out and there are no signs of the car having ever been wrecked and there is no rust. Everything has been cleaned, treated, and/or repaired as needed. Under the hood, the Series 2’s 4.2-liter XK inline-6 is in working order and starts with ease. Backing the engine is a 4-speed manual transmission that also works as it should.
This stunning 1970 Jaguar XKE Roadster is being offered at the Lucky Old Car’s Spring Auction. For more information on this car or how to register to place your bid click here.