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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.