Affordable & Rust Free: 1969 Jaguar E-Type Garage Find

It’s always suspenseful to me when a classic car listing begins with the car in situ, where you can see how the car was stored! This 1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 has been sitting for 19 years and with the same owner for 28 years. It’s located in Raleigh, North Carolina and is being advertised here on Facebook Marketplace. The seller is asking $26,900 which seems like a bit of a bargain once you look closer.

I can feel the excitement from here as you look at this picture of the car uncovered for the first time in a long time. A bit of a disappointment as well I’m sure, as the 2+2 model with an automatic is considered by most the least desirable variant of a very desirable car.

But then, as the seller pushed the car into the light (because it doesn’t run), some more excitement as they undoubtedly ran their hands along the rocker panels and discovered no rust! (according to the seller). Rust-free E-Types don’t exist, but even if it’s minimal that’s a great step. Looking over some value guides this car appears to be in the lower middle area, which means if it really is as nice as the seller states, you could refurbish it and at least not lose your shirt!

Starting to look really nice now, isn’t it?  The elongated 2+2 style didn’t help the styling of the E-Type, but it mainly suffers in relation to its beautiful predecessors! This is probably its best angle (Scotty, chime in here, you are the photographer).

I was surprised to see the under hood area looking this clean and complete. I wonder why the car was taken off the road in the first place? Hopefully the seller can put a buyer in touch with the previous owner or their family to discern what actually happened to stop this E-Type at 61,000 miles.

I’m pretty sure those aren’t the original seat covers, and what did happen to the door panel? Even with those mysteries, I’m thinking this E-Type’s value is pretty solid and even briefly contemplated selling a car or two to afford a look. Sadly, I’ve got other priorities right now and a lack of time, so it won’t be me purchasing this car. But could it be you? Or would you hold out for another version? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments

  1. U.K. Paul 🇬🇧

    Seems decent!

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Of course I’m in the minority when I say I prefer the styling of the 2+2.

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  3. bobhess Member

    Bought right it’s a great cruise car. 2 + 2 isn’t the cream of the crop but driving it is just as much fun.

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  4. 86_Vette_Convertible

    A 69 E type in this condition is unheard of IMO. Whether you like the 2+2 or not, whether you want a manual instead of an automatic, you’ll likely not find one in this condition any time soon. The biggest concern would be the usual electrical gremlins that seem to affect British automobiles.
    I’d drive it and enjoy the experience.

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    • Dean

      My wiring is original and no problems. If stored properly, you may not need to change it. If the wiring looks frazzled. , be smart and replace it.

  5. Scott 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    Looks to have had at least a partial interior , wonder when that happened?
    Very clean other wise , someone will buy it

  6. Roy L

    Automatic, yuck.

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    • Jack

      Easy to flip in a 5-speed. They make conversion kits for this car.

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  7. Kurt

    Too good to be true.

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  8. KKW

    Johnny Speed.

  9. gpl

    $26,900 may seem like a bargain until you begin the recommissioning.

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  10. Stilbo

    It’s gorgeous like fine English jewelry.
    Unfortunately English jewelry was never intended as a wheeled conveyance.
    Having owned one E Type and two Jaguar sedans I’ve come to realize at 65 years of age that there are no “affordable” Jaguars.
    Unless of course you have the money and a mechanic that loves money in that order.

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  11. FBM

    If anyone needs eyes on this, let me know, as I’m in the Raleigh area.

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  12. Bill McCoskey

    What many car enthusiasts don’t realize is Jaguar offered 2 basic interiors during the 1960s, both in the sedan and E-type cars. Leather was standard in cars exported to North America, but VINYL interiors were an option!

    Yes, a Vinyl interior was more expensive than leather! I remember back about 1980 finding a very low mileage maroon Mark X saloon, with a gorgeous interior, perfect interior wood trim, and what at first glance looked like a maroon vinyl replacement interior. It wasn’t until I looked thru the original factory & dealer sales papers that I realized the interior was an upgrade! [As I recall, the additional cost was about $60.]

    I’ve spent a lot of time in the UK over the last 40 years, and I’ve never seen a RHD Jag with an original vinyl interior, so I don’t know if this was a North American option only.

    So it’s entirely possible this is the factory interior!

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  13. the one

    Shaguar baby, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Tom Henderson

    Why would you do a lead photo of a car with a sheet on it? Nobody and I mean nobody wants to see that. We want to see the car.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Well, Tom, appreciate the comment, but apparently lots of folks were drawn to the post and read it.

  15. Bill McCoskey

    Tom,
    It’s like hiding something where it cannot be seen, and daring people to take a peek further by clicking on the post or website. Curiosity can be used quite well, especially in the auto business.

    I remember well the 1950s and 1960s when the new cars came wrapped in covers, not to protect them from air pollution while sitting for weeks at the docks, or damage during delivery, but so the public couldn’t see what they looked like. Even the cars that were carefully rolled into the showrooms in the middle of the night, were still covered by sheets until the official unveiling time/date.

    Local dealers where I lived in the Washington DC suburbs even hired guards to keep people & photographers from sneaking onto the back lots to look at the new cars! [I know, I did it year after year, and as a kid I could often get the guards to look the other way!]

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