XKE Series II OTS
When discussing the Jaguar XKE, or the E-Type as it was called in its homeland, there are some things that we all assume are a given: its gorgeous, its expensive, and its one of the most delightful cars in the world to drive. Until youve driven one, you probably cant quite grasp the downright joyous way they go about their business, with a remarkably supple ride, the bellowing six-cylinder engine note, and looks that make you want to study it from every angle. Never has a car been so right in so many ways, and the recent rise in E-Type prices finally justifies the passion that owners have held for these cars for so many years. There are few other cars that satisfy the mind, heart, and soul better than an E-Type. While theres a definite pecking order in terms of values among E-Type aficionados, if youre someone who loves the drive a Series II car is what you want to own. More sophisticated, more powerful, and more spacious than the Series I cars, they were the result of all the feedback and upgrades done along the way. The 4.2 liter engine is wonderfully potent, yet tractable and user-friendly. Overheating issues were a thing of the past. The cabin was finally spacious enough for real-sized people. And it lost none of the sinuous grace of the original styling. Many call it a supercar for the masses, but I dont think thats quite right because supercars are finicky. I would call the E-Type a daily driver with the charisma and performance of a supercar. Finished in brilliant Signal Red, this 1969 E-Type Series II has a recent and comprehensive restoration that shows its quality in multiple JCNA show wins. Although BRG is a favorite on Jaguars, if youre going to attract attention, you may as well do it right with a bright red carits just spectacular in person. Its vivid and deep, and the shade is just right for a vintage Jag. The restoration was done to the highest standards and it likely fits together better now than when it was new, with even gaps and doors that latch easily without a heavy slam. It appears to be wearing all its original sheetmetal with no patches or replacements, but given the state of the art in Jaguar restorations, metalsmiths making replacement pieces disappear is not surprising. Either way, it is just beautifully done with no asterisks needed. The mirror-finish paint is show-quality with only one or two small signs that it has been driven, and obviously all the weather seals are new. Likewise, all the chrome was refinished to show standards, with only the rear bumper starting to show a few signs of age that likely comes from its proximity to the exhaust. Unavoidable. Lights, signals, lenses, and glass are all unmarked and like new. This is an exceptionally well-restored Jaguar. The tan Connolly leather interior demonstrates why the Series II cars are so desirable for drivers. The seats are more adjustable than the early shells and far more plush for long trips. Theres more leg room and more room in the foot boxes so you dont need to be a ballerina to heel-and-toe it. The leather seat covers show some minor comfort marks, and given the quality of the restoration and its relative youth, theres a possibility that the seats might be original and just very nicely preserved, its hard to say. Theyre not quite as nice as the rest of the interior, but they remain excellent and replacing them would probably be a mistake. On the other hand, the carpets, door cards, and dashboard are brand new, as is the bulkhead cover behind the seats. A lovely wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel is original, not a reproduction, and all the Smiths instruments are restored and operational. Big, easy-to-use rockers replaced the delicate toggles of the early cars and this one sports a Jaguar-logo AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that certainly seems appropriate, although its quite modern with digital tuning. A new StayFast tan canvas top folds easily and offers fresh weather seals so it closes up reasonably well, although you should not expect a vintage Jaguar roadster to be water-tightthat just wouldnt be proper. The trunk is likewise outfitted with a proper set of mats and side panels, as well as a matching chrome wire wheel in the tire well (which, youll note, is original and rust-free). This is the cars original, numbers-matching 4.2 liter DOHC inline-6. A little more displacement made it a much friendlier car on American roads, and the big six is happy to rumble along in 4th gear at barely more than a walking pace. It was fully rebuilt to stock specs during the restoration and it is properly tuned, unlike so many of its siblings. I remain convinced that Jaguars reputation for fussiness and unreliability is unwarranted, with the blame laying squarely on the shoulders of owners unwilling to maintain them to spec. This one, for instance, starts instantly and idles smoothly with a bit of choke. As it warms, push the choke in and it drops to a friendly 800 RPM idle, ready to enjoy. No drama, just turn the key and go. Even when its hot, it shows no bad habits, which is surely how it was when it was new and why I would argue that this is a supercar you can drive every day. The engine makes delightful noises and is beautiful to look at, as well. Finned cam covers, polished aluminum, and expert detailing make the underhood area almost too pretty to hide. Twin side-draft carburetors are easier to keep in synch than the earlier triple carb setup, yet give up nothing in the horsepower department. You also get a correct coil and Champion ignition wire set, a proper washer bottle on the firewall, and factory-style fittings and hardware used throughout. Someone clearly knew their Jaguars when this car came together. The 4-speed manual gearbox is likewise numbers-matching, as is the independent rear end with 3.54 gears inside. The chassis is exquisitely detailed with painted subframes, a polished stainless steel exhaust system with resonators, and a protective textured layer on the floors and other vitals. Obviously everything is new or rebuilt and detailing is exacting, from the type of cotter pins used in the suspension to the splash shields around the soil pan. Jaguars wonderfully capable yet strangely supple and comfortable suspension tuning is something no other auto maker has been able to duplicate, and its quite evident in the E-Type, which seems to ignore bumps without becoming loose and soft-feeling. Howd they do that? Braking is effective and the sound from the twin pipes out back is worth dropping down a gear or two every time you go through a tunnelafter all, isnt that part of why you own a Jaguar? Gorgeous chrome wire wheels with correct knock-off hubs glitter against the red paint and wear modern 205/70/15 Goodyear radials. A Heritage Certificate has been ordered. Weve sold a few E-Types in recent months, and this is by far the finest in terms of quality and pedigree. Beautiful in every way that matters, fully functional, and ready to enjoy. You could show it and have some success, but after you slide behind the wheel and let the big cat seduce you, youll probably find that driving is what it loves most. Call today!