The E-Type was based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning D-Type Jaguar and way ahead of other sports cars of its time. They are fast, with a top speed of 150 MPH with 0 to 60 MPH in under 7 seconds. They have monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering as well as independent front and rear suspension. Enzo Ferrari said it was “the most beautiful car ever made”. Can you imagine opening a garage door and finding this E-Type under 45 years of dust? But it’s hard to imagine looking at this Jag, listed on eBay, how much it would take to turn this sad Jag into a $175,000 Concours car or even a $130,000 #2 car. Bidding is at $43,000 now, getting close to the value of a #4 driver. It’s completely original and numbers matching and said to have only surface and a few small holes. Unfortunately, those little holes mean there will be lots of other pinholes hiding under the paint. Then there is the smooshed nose. Thanks to Doug M for sending us this interesting listing.
It looks like the interior could be usable with a good cleaning and carpet. If there is no damage, leather restoration might leave the seats looking quite nice.
The engine looks complete and unmolested. Hopefully it’s not seized. It will likely take some expensive work to bring this engine back to life.
Here’s the sad part, the rusty underside. It might well be full of pinholes when you get down to bare metal. There is likely much more rust hiding elsewhere.
This XKE looks pretty nice from here, especially if you squint a bit. That door gap and the rust under the door are worrisome. This Jag will likely end up in a restoration shop for a year or two and then be part of someone’s expensive collection. It’s hard to imagine someone not at least repairing the rust damage. Could you imagine just cleaning this up, doing the necessary mechanicals and driving it like it is? At this price it doesn’t seem likely. What do you think will become of this Jaguar?