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Here’s the story on my baby, a 1968 Jaguar XKE Convertible – Series 1-1/2 that I have owned now for over 36 years.
My late wife and I were married in 1953 and lived in Manhattan Beach, California. On the weekends, we loved to go watch the races at Torrey Pines. This was where we fell in love with “real” sports cars. Especially the Jaguar models.
In the early 70’s we ended up in Alaska, still missing our fun times at Torrey Pines, we discussed purchasing a sports car. After a long hard look, I located our dream car in Balboa, California – a Jaguar XKE Convertible.
As a surprise for Diane, I flew down to California in 1978, bought the 1968 Jaguar XKE convertible and had it shipped by container on a barge to Alaska where it was garaged continuously. Diane and I enjoyed the car only during the short summers in Alaska. We enjoyed puttering around town with the top down and even took our daughter to tennis lessons in it. Diane and I took a very memorable trip to Mt. McKinley.
In the early 90’s we then moved to Washington state where we again shipped the car and continued to garage it. Haven’t used it much here in Washington and overall only put on 8,000 miles on it in my 36 years of ownership.
The car has always run like a champ. Being a mechanical engineer by trade, I take meticulous care and records on my vehicles. I have documented every gas fill up, oil change, and routine antique car repair and maintenance completed since I took ownership. If you are the lucky winner of this family gem, I am certain you will enjoy it as much as our family has. She’s a beauty and I will miss her dearly.
Specs: 4.2 Liter, 4-Speed Manual, 108k original miles (8k in last 36 years), 5-spoke wheels, 5 Pirelli tires, Exterior: Champagne (Original = Black), Interior: Black leather, 2nd owner vehicle/matching numbers, always covered and garaged