This 1965 Jaguar E-Type coupe may be just the driver quality “crumpet catcher” you are looking for! There are some pretty good reasons why this may not make sense to restore to concours condition, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a great driver and may just hold the value down where it’s reasonably priced. It’s located in Canton, Ohio and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is currently at $5,100 but has not yet met the reserve.
Why could this one be a good driver candidate? To begin with, it’s not very original. The engine isn’t the one it left the factory with (per a previous owner), and it’s been stored in a barn for a good period. However, some previous “restoration” work (note the quotes) has been done and may have left the car in a condition where it doesn’t make sense to restore it correctly, but is perfectly serviceable for a driver.
A lot of rust replacement has been undertaken, with new floors, rocker panels and possibly other metal components replaced. However, it doesn’t look like correct reproduction panels were used, and rattle-can paint has been sprayed everywhere. If you look at the rocker panel alignment with the bottom of the doors and hood (bonnet), you may cringe a little. However, I think some judicious tweaking might make those lines acceptable in appearance, but NOT original. I’m fine with that as long as the price is appropriately low. It certainly wouldn’t make sense to me to rip the panels off and replace them completely if the metalwork is solid and welded well. Feel free to disagree; I’d just like to see an E-Type without holes that I could actually afford!
The steering wheel being from a sedan is another sign that this car would cost a lot to return to original specification. That’s one thing I think I would eventually change, but gosh, those real wheels sure do cost a lot! I found some for just under $700.
There’s a lot of work to be done under the hood, and the engine isn’t free at the moment. There are some parts missing as well. I realize this would be heresy to most Jaguar folks, but I think I’d pull this one for later attention and purchase a 80’s engine out of an XJ6, swap components as necessary and get it running that way. I’ve seen several around here for under $1,000 that run just fine (very little else works). I’ve proposed one way to possibly make this car a budget E-Type — would any of you go this route or would you only be satisfied with a numbers-matching pristine example?