25,000 Original Miles: 1968 Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe

The E-Type Jaguar is a striking looking car, and this one appears to be a good, original example. It has been owned by the same family since new, and while it may not be perfect, it is certainly in good condition. You will find the Jaguar listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Los Angeles, California, it is being offered for sale with a clear title. At the time of writing, bidding has only reached $2,125, so it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the reserve has not been met.

The owner of the Jaguar provides quite a few photos, and they indicate that the car is quite a solid example. The floors and frame look good, while there is no sign of any rust in the body. There are a few stone chips on the car, but that is to be expected given the fact that not only is the car 50-years-old, but it is apparently wearing its original paint. The owner also claims that the car has only covered 25,000 original miles, but doesn’t indicate whether he has any documentation to confirm this.

This E-Type is a 2-Seater and not a 2+2. The interior presents really well, with no major problems to worry about. The car has been fitted with an aftermarket radio/cassette player, but it doesn’t look like the dash has been cut to fit it. Therefore, the new owner may choose to source and fit a genuine radio in its place. The upholstery all looks to be really good, while the carpet may be slightly faded, although it is hard to be sure.

The Jaguar is a numbers matching car which features the 4.2l straight-six engine and manual transmission. The engine is a European spec engine, which is fitted with triple SU carburetors. This particular Jaguar is slightly unusual, as not only is it fitted with air conditioning, but it is also fitted with power steering. These options were only made available with the introduction of the Series 2 E-Type, so that is a bit of a mystery on this Series 1.5 car. The car has been sitting in a concrete-floored garage for a number of years, so there will probably be some general maintenance required before it is ready to hit the road again.

The Jaguar E-Type is an iconic car that has always commanded high resale values. Good original examples remain sought after, and market prices have increased more in the last 10 years than at any time in the car’s history. Reasonable examples of the Series 1.5 Fixed Head Coupe are available for around the $60,000 mark, but this price can skyrocket pretty quickly to over $100,000 for a pristine example. This car isn’t pristine, but it does appear to be a good, original, and unmolested example. With that in mind, I suspect that the bidding has a fair way to go before the reserve is met.

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Well documented, most beautiful car,,ever. You can move the decimal point over, $25g’s and climbing. If I came into a lot of money, ( as I get older that seems less likely to happen) this is the 1st thing I’d buy. Hmm, maybe that’s how the rich do it. The time for us “Lunchpails” to buy these was 30 years ago when nobody wanted them. Could have had a 1970 roadster, in late 1973 for $2,895.

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  2. canadainmarkseh Member

    There is no doubt that the e type is one of the he nicest looking cars ever made. I am like you Howard in a position to likely never have the money to own one. That’s ok though I have my toys that I can afford and enjoy them at every opportunity. A freind once told me that in life you have to pay to play, this is a good example of that.

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  3. Steve R

    This car is actually located in Woodbridge Virginia.

    I’d wouldn’t pay the money necessary to meet this cars reserve until someone with significant first hand knowledge of this model Jaguar performed a thorough inspection.

    Steve R

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  4. S Baker

    Always loved the Etype apart from the horrendous 2 plus 2 and the later model, the MK1’s are the ones to own. I see the prices slipping of late and am not surprised as they were way overpriced.
    I’ll keep an eye on it but will probably wait till the market is full of desperate sellers like we are starting to see with other classic models.

  5. S Baker

    I will say after reading the ad, it is a special car being a one owner and all original. very nice.

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  6. Pascal

    We can see easy that’s not the original paint and there is no vin on the cylinder head so certainly an exchange motor sometimes , also the vin tag was re poped and with a different hole so this car is definitely not original and with power steering on a series 1 1/2 i never seen that and i sold more than 250 E type
    be careful
    missing the chrome on the door panel and the hole for the fixation are not there so they redone the door panels and the material on the door frame are not good also and looks new …
    its definitely not an original car
    Pascal

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    • Al

      And still wet from washing! So what else are they hiding?

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  7. ccrvtt

    Couldn’t close the bonnet for the pictures? Looks like some serious bondo ahead of the left rear wheel and a curious triangular patch behind the right rear. Odometer doesn’t mean a thing at this point, but Pascal sounds like he knows his stuff.

    Still it’s an E-type and I’d take it in a heartbeat.

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  8. Lroy

    Beautiful car, who of my vintage that saw these new doesn’t want one? I do appreciate the expertise on this site, despite the criticism. This car will make the next owner very happy.

  9. S Baker

    Must cover the headlamps with glass somehow, Etype’s without the glass covers look so unfinished, the only thing missing on this one I think. other than that it will do nicely.

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  10. Paul

    To me this is one of the two most elegant sports cars ever made. The Gull wing Mercedes being the other one. Too rich for my blood, but so enjoyable to admire.

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  11. Steve

    This is a 2+2 series 2 so it’s not what the big shots go after. I think 50,000 is all the money in the world for this model.

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    • simon

      @Steve,no Steve this is a coupe, not a plus 2.

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  12. skibum2

    Look at the bondo… OMG….too much info that doesn’t hunt… watch out.

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  13. Paul

    Pascal – thank you, great when knowledgeable people share – this is when I learn about viewing models on line. I have bought a few on line sight unseen because of distance – not smart but thankfully been lucky.

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  14. Bodyman68

    Never cared for these cars ,problems were always common with wiring and carbs. They also rust miserably. This isn’t a barn find by no means.

  15. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Still kinda a sexy kitten to look at….

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  16. 66 XKE coupe

    The missing engine serial number on the serial head is frequently only an indicator of a replacement head (frequent overheating and warping – please don’t ask how I know about this). This in turn leads to overzealous mechanics having the head shaved, and behold, before you know it, the head is too thin. I believe there is also a number on the engine block to be checked.

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