Ambitious Project: 1971 Jaguar E-Type


Wow, this E-Type needs a lot of work! Barn Finds reader Jim S. sent in this affordable find that’s up for sale here on eBay. It’s located in Winnsboro, Texas and looks like it’s been off the road for a while. The seller feels it’s complete, but I’m guessing that’s including replacement and patch panels, and I’m not sure just because parts are there would mean that they are usable. However, considering what E-Types are going for now, if you are willing to do a lot of work yourself, you just might come out ahead–but I wouldn’t count on it! Do you think this is a parts car, or a restoration project? Let us know in the comments section.


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  1. Kem Jones

    What about the Kizer ? Darwin in the background?

  2. 365Lusso

    Kaiser Darrin.


    I help one of my shop teachers back in 1978 restore a 1964 XKE Roadster convertible. His name was Jeff Millhouse from Lancaster PA. I met him at my high school Penn Manor in Millersville PA. He was a substitute teacher. Actually what happened is I did all the dirty work like using some kind of caustic stripper to take off the 5 layers of paint to get it down to bare metal. What’s funny is even back then this thing was a rust bucket found in I think New Jersey. It was originally bright red , don’t know the name of the red but im am sure somebody on here does. It had the 6 CLY with three carbs. Got to drive it maybe 3 times till he sold it at a car show and made a good penny on it. I always held ill will for him not sharing a little of that profit for all the hard work that I did. But most greedy people are like that. That thing drove like a truck and had a steering wheel to match. I laugh at the prices people pay for these things. Nice to look at but that’s about it. Wouldn’t pay 10k for a good one , just my opinion.

  4. OhU8one2

    Believe it or not. Jaguar is ramping up their Classic Part’s division and very soon people will be able to go to their local Jaguar dealership and order most all O.E quality part’s for the XKE. There is a select few available but the announcement should come before end of the year. So the timing to buy this Jaguar is perfect. Oh and all you Jaguar fan’s need to thank Mr.Rutan Tata. When Tata bought Jaguar and Land Rover he vowed to get the older Jag’s out of garage’s and driven on the street. He is a man of his word. A rarity in this day and age.

    • 365Lusso

      I believe Mr. Tata will price those parts for cost to manufacture plus a reasonable markup, not per the value of the cars, e.g., vintage Ferrari, Maserati, etc.. It’s good news as there is already good availability of vintage Jaguar parts, his new competition should benefit we the parts buyers further……

    • Dolphin Member

      I have no trouble believeing that. Mercedes, Porsche and BMW have been providing some parts for their vintage cars for years, and are adding more all the time. It’s a good way to let fans of the cars know that the company cares about their vintage cars and owners, and it makes sense for Jaguar to do the same as the German carmakers.

  5. Al Member

    Pallet underneath tells me it’s been moved around with a fork lift so may be damage there.

  6. Roger Owen

    Looks like a bit of a challenge to me. Probably best for spares than repair / donor for a Kit Car? The ‘side screen’ TR in the background looks more promising!

  7. dj

    The bonnets on these are bad to rust out. And the front frame sections are bad to warp and rust as well. Of course you can buy all those parts new in the UK. The damage around the rear hatch looks really bad so I’m sure there’s more damage underneath.

  8. Jake

    I have seen worse examples brought back to life, just depends on how much $$ one is willing to spend!!! Replacement panels and parts have been around for these cars for years, ie Terry’s Jaguar Parts, Welsh and XK’s Unlimited plus Martin Robey has been making repro body parts and panels forever. Parts are there just depends on how much $ to throw at a project….me thinks it was a parts car that time and waiting has turned into grab some money and run…

  9. 365Lusso

    Jesse, not sure about the protocol here–if not allowed please remove.

    For E-Type enthusiasts, Practical Classics magazine has a collection of E-Type articles for sale here:

    Practical Classics has really interesting and yes, practical, articles on various Brit cars, their care and restoration. Good rag.

  10. Monsieur le Baton

    having owned and restored 2, the kicker here is the incomplete bonnet (hood) – set aside $8000 – 10,000 for a decent one s/h , and Jake mentioned already Martin Robey will make you a repro one from hand rolled aluminium that’ll cost you $15,000.

    if the hood is not at least 60/70% intact you’ll never make any money on this to sell on, and you’re looking at $20,000 plus purchase price to get this one on the road, you could buy a better one at half the price….

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