The Jaguar E-type, produced from 1961-1974, is perhaps what the British marque is best-known as a manufacturer. The long-hooded proportions, beautiful curves, and classic looks make this GT (grand tourer) practically an unqualified success and widely considered one of the most-attractive roadster/cars to this day.
The fact that Enzo Ferrari said as much upon its launch is a testament to this car’s appeal. Besides its good looks, this sports car offered a high-powered 4.2-liter engine good for 265 hp, a 0-60 sprint in 7 seconds, and a top speed of almost 150 MPH.
Our featured XK-E was the last of the E-types to possess SU carbs, covered headlights, and the bigger-displacement engine. This matching-numbers, no-accident example has been resprayed in its original Primrose pale yellow and professes to be in concours condition, including new suspension, brakes, fuel lines, and exhaust. It is scheduled to be available for auction by Lucky Collector Car Auctions August 31-September 1, so start saving your pennies.
Model: XKE Series I Roadster
Engine: 4.2 6-cylinder (265 hp)
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: ~67,000 miles
To most sports car enthusiasts, few cars are more appealing than a Jaguar E-Type roadster. Those in the know prefer the later cars – like the one on offer – with the bigger engine and the better seats, but not so late that they lost the triple SU carburetors, headlamp covers or the purposeful dashboard toggle switches.
Showing just under 67,000 miles on the clock, our very tidy XKE has been a North and South Carolina car for most of its life and was sold to the most recent owner just over ten years ago, having been in the previous ownership since 1989.
This is a matching numbers car (the engine, head, transmission, body tag and front radiator support all match the data plate) that has never been in an accident, has no rust and retains all the original sheet metal. In 2011-2012 the car was professionally repainted in the original Primrose pale yellow while the interior is a mixture of new and original trim; a new Robbins stay fast top with matching boot cover, new leather seat covers, period Becker Europa radio and rubbers. The tires are Michelin XAS 185HR15 radials on new 72-spoke chrome wire wheels and spinners.
Mechanically, the drive train required no internal work; the engine has excellent compression and no smoke but was detailed to show condition with a new porcelain-coated factory exhaust manifold and rebuilt SU carburetors. Suspension, brakes and fuel lines were re-done, a new exhaust system and new solid-state ignition were fitted.
Judged second in class at a JCNA Concours d’Elegance in November 2012, the few minor deductions have subsequently been corrected and the car is a capable and enjoyable driver. The car comes with a complete tool roll.