I can hear the naysayers now: “It’s not a Series I”, “The body isn’t perfect”, “It’s white”, “It’s not a drop head!” My answer: I don’t care, it’s an E-Type that appears to need very little if anything to be a decent driver and, most importantly, the buy it now price of $39,500 is only about $6,000 over the price of the average new car sale in the USA. It’s located in Santa Monica, California and is listed here on eBay. Note that bidding is underway about $4,000 below the buy it now figure and the auction goes out soon, so don’t dilly dally!
No, it’s not a Series I, and by this point the car was riding the longer 2+2 wheelbase that does spoil the lines some to most. But it’s still unmistakably a Jaguar, the chrome wires look fantastic and despite being a little wavy in places, I can live with the bodywork as is, at least for the moment. Chrome looks decent and I don’t see signs of the car being bent.
Besides, you can tell your friends you bought a used four seat hatchback, right? Sound like a plan to you? Nope, I don’t think I’d get away with it either, but it would be fun trying. The seller tells us that the car only has 60,000 miles and was kept in California.
While the front seats have been reupholstered, the rest of the interior is said to be original and looks terrific! Yes, folks, that is a four speed manual shifter you see, and if you look really closely you’ll see air conditioning vents! You see so many 2+2’s that are automatics I don’t even think about manual ones! I should note that the seller calls this a good project car. To me, it’s a driver as soon as I went over brakes and other safety items.
You won’t see this view of an engine compartment from many classics, and this one looks particularly nice. Nope, it doesn’t have three carbs; those plebian Stromberg CD175’s are the same basic pair of carbs you’ll find under the hood of a TR6, TR7, or TR8! I’m fine with that! What do you think? Over $100,000 for a good Series I, or $39,500 for this one? I know which one my budget would lean towards!