Dusty But Complete: 1966 Jaguar E-Type

This four-wheeled feline is in a strange situation. Up for sale is a 1966 Jaguar E Type. Where it gets more interesting is that the seller wants 26,000-pound sterling. That is right, British currency even though the car is said to be located in Long Branch, assumedly New Jersey. A distance of 51,909 miles is listed on the odometer. You can view more here on eBay.

Not much is listed about the engine except that it is numbers matching with an automatic transmission. It also states that triple SU carburetors are installed and the cylinder head looks period correct. It is hard to tell what is or is not true in this listing. There is apparently a clean title to the car.

While the listing says the interior should clean up nicely, and it might, it looks like this car was flooded. There is mold on the seats. Everything looks to be there, but moisture has certainly taken a toll on the materials. The listing does provide an under the car photo and that doesn’t help the case of the car.

According to the listing, the car has been owned by the particular selling party for 37 years. If an international buyer is looking to purchase, they can move the car to Bayonne, New Jersey and can arrange to have the car shipped. The seller encourages bidders to check their previous buyer recommendations.

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Comments

  1. Chebby Staff
  2. tepesquintle

    That’s not dust, it’s mud. Run away!

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  3. Del

    I keep seeing ridculous prices on these Jaguar scrap piles 😂🤣

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  4. Gary

    The amount of E types in America is just crazy and seems just left to rot weird for a thing of Beauty

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  5. Gaspumpchas

    The guy couldn’t clean off the engine?? Flooded. Good luck getting your ask..smfh….nothing except being in the barn 37 years…wink wink…no mention of flood damage…and he brags about being upfront about description??

    Cheers
    GPC

    Like 6
  6. Bruce

    I have worked on or restored an number of these and even if flooded a full restoration is possible. All the parts are available and there is a lot less to the body shell then you might think. A good tank striping of the the entire body would be critical.

    The price is however crazy. About double or a little more then the car is worth. I suspect that the owner has not cleaned off the car because if he did a future lawsuit could become a major problem for him. This car certainly has problems and the Auto Trans is just the start but it is an excellent base to start from.

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  7. Martin Horrocks

    Isn´t that the much less desirable 2+2 in any case? Hard to see the value here.

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  8. imperialist1960

    The market has changed on these and many other cars.

    I fell into a 1915 Model T in 2005. I put it back together and listed it for sale.
    5 interested parties came by and one bought it. They were all over 80 years old. They all commented on how inexpensive my price was in comparison to 40 years earlier… Demand was just very low for that car.

    Who is most likely to have the skill or money to get a Jag like this? Someone who was impressed by it as a child, which probably suggests a birthdate prior to 1960. 1960 was 60 years ago, so it’s going to be popular with a boomer or older person most likely. How many of them are still in the hunt, still wrenching, or still interested in spending $75k additional restoration for something that they will increasingly have trouble folding themselves into? How many got the car that they wanted already? Nobody will buy this and hot-rod it – too high a cost for buy-in.

    The market will turn with the economic cycle (again) and more people will get washed out of the system due to age and or lack of money, replaced on the next upswing with the same and/or different people, but each economic cycle is an “age” of sorts, and I can’t help but think that we’re coming to an age where the folks who traditionally bought a third or project car are increasingly buying cell phones and internet related experiences instead.

    Best wishes to the seller. Car does not accept a domestic V8 easily, so won’t be cheap and easy to re-do….

    Like 6
    • James Sterrey

      I hope you’re right!!

      I’m 30 and only have eyes for chrome bumpered vehicles, but can only afford old Mercs and land Rovers. Had a R32 GT-R, would much prefer an E-Type (I think). Hopefully my generation devalue classic cars so that that I become an amateur Jay Leno.

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      • Jacob Barnet

        The market for classic cars will be interesting in 40 years when the boomers are all long gone. I already hate seeing hondas from the 90s posted on here.

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  9. Skid

    Besides the automatic, which was very common with the 2+2, the 1966 is the desirable year to have. And it appears to have factory air. A bonus.
    I have completely torn down one of these, and based purely on the poor pictures, it doesn’t look like flood damage to me. It looks more like it’s been sitting under an awning in a wet/humid wooded area. Looks like rodent crap all over the engine, and the body is covered in leaves, dirt, and other junk blown onto it over the years. Had it had no cover, it would look much worse and pretty much rotted away.
    I can see the driver side footwell is rotted, which is a common problem spot, as also evidenced by the placement of the front left lift arm. Mine was rotted too, and my car was overall fairly rust free.
    That being said, just sitting in a humid area, the work in this car would require quite a bit more time and $ than it’s worth. But as we’ve seen, there’s a buyer for everything when the price is right.

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  10. Tin Box

    An automatic 2+2, in need of a complete restoration, on the east coast, for £26k – the seller is on crack.
    Not to be negative, I love these, have restored 15+ and am currently restoring my own, but this is just silly.

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  11. Joe Machado

    Are you Sandy did not ride in this Jag? And, a wave to Imperialist1960, from a 1961 Imperialist

  12. Maestro1

    I think from reading fellow Barn Finders that the price is irrational. Bruce is also correct regarding parts and so on, there’s a strong aftermarket for these cars.
    I would rebuild the automatic, or, for sanity’s sake put something more reliable and hopefully a 4 speed (the driveshaft may have to be altered but it would be worth it) Tremec automatic should there be such a transmission. There’s a good upside to these cars, and if its a 2+2 it’s worth less than some of its brothers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t own it and enjoy it. For an acquisition cost of $12,000.00. delivered.

  13. John

    I was not aware that any of the 2+2 models ever had covered headlights. But 26K Sterling is a bit out of my league, especially for a 2+2. They just never looked right in my opinion.

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    • Skid

      1966 and I believe early 1967 still had the covered headlights. I’ve seen some 1967 2+2’s with open headlights, so I’m not sure exactly when they changed it.

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  14. PatrickM

    Let’s talk about the red Austin Healy parked just to the right of this Jag. Much more interested in that little red job!!

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  15. Mike

    32,000 lbs. sterling equals $ 32953.52. Run Baby Run.

    Like 2

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