Good Starting Point? 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2

Disclosure: This site may receive compensation from some link clicks and purchases.

Sleek looks at a relatively affordable price and delivers good performance.  Those all seem to be reasons why the Jaguar XKE was a hit when it was introduced back in 1961, with the 2+2 four-seater following in ’66.  Among the E-Types, the 2+2 became a best seller, offering a bit more practicality than the standard coupe.  It came with a taller roof, longer chassis, plus a little more cargo space, and with the added rear seat a well-spoken sports-car enthusiast could convince his wife that it was a family car, even though the back looks awfully cramped once your kids reach school age.  If you’ve been looking for a sixties Jag project, this 1967 XKE 2+2 may be worth considering.  It’s offered for sale by Driven Man Motors in Cookeville, Tennessee, and can be seen here on Craigslist, with an asking price of $23,950.

Our thanks go out to reader T.J. for sending us the tip on this one!  The seller describes his Jaguar as an extremely original example and thinks it was about the most expensive E-Type you could have bought back in 1967.  Most of the paint is said to be the original finish, but the car was involved in an accident decades ago, with some of the repairs made before the car was eventually put into storage following the wreck.  There’s no mention of exactly what happened, but if the pictures tell the story it doesn’t look like it involved much more than the driver’s side front fender, hopefully.

The interior is in need of quite a bit of work, but at least it’s mostly complete, and the floors are said to be in great shape.  The body is also stated to be rock solid except for the driver’s side rocker and quarter panel, along with some rust in the front nose area.  We only get one photo from underneath, but what we are able to view from down below appears salvageable.  The seller is realistic in realizing that the Jaguar is in need of a complete restoration, but also thinks that this one is a good starting point.

It’s a good news/bad news situation when it comes to the engine.  On a positive note, the car still has the numbers-matching motor under the hood, followed by the bad news being that it’s stuck.  The next owner will have to dig in and evaluate why it won’t turn, but in any event, he may be in store for a complete rebuild, although in the long run, it may be worth a total overhaul to keep things original, as the transmission is also the factory component.  It’s going to take some good skills and effort to get this one going again, but once completed this could be one really nice E-Type.  What are your thoughts?

Auctions Ending Soon


  1. gippy

    2+2 with stuck motor- his price is pretty optimistic- a really nice ready to drive model sold for 33k on BAT this week.

    Like 5
  2. Mimo

    Do the interior and body work and put a 350 in it. Modern brakes etc….

    Like 0
    • Terrry

      Not for that starting price

      Like 0
  3. Frank Sumatra

    Nope. 2+2 was E-Type designed by committee.

    Like 2
    • bill miller

      Most British cars were!

      Like 0
  4. schooner

    This one begs the question “Why?”. There’s a ’69 here on BF auction that looks like a whole lot more for less (so far) money so they are out there.

    Like 1
  5. Terrry

    Stuck engine, incomplete wreck repair and torn interior, all for “just” $23,950?

    Like 2
  6. Michelle RandStaff

    It will take cubic dollars to get this one in shape, sorry to say.

    Like 1
  7. The Other Chris

    Miraculously, it’s not an automatic 2+2.

    Like 1
  8. Graeme T

    Unfortunately not really a good starting point. The cost involved would far exceed the value of the car, even for a quick, superficial restoration. Another real problem is all the hidden rust lurking in inaccessible areas which is often not fixed in these cars.

    Like 2
  9. Troy

    I always thought these things looked like a roller skate last I checked that black one here on barn finds bidding was around $20k so probably not to bad on the asking price

    Like 0
  10. DA

    Too much money for too little. There will be rust hiding in places not seen, and an immobile engine is a big negative along with the rough interior.

    Like 1
  11. Michael Berkemeier

    These are, perhaps, the ugliest car ever made. Definitely in my top five “ugliest cars ever”. I would not take this car for any amount of money unless it ran and drove well, and was priced at less than half of what I could sell it for…which would happen IMMEDIATELY, and hopefully before it broke (again). Whoever thought this was a good idea had definitely downed one (or three) too many yards at the local pub.

    Like 0
    • Laurence

      Michael Berkemeier: while beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you are certainly entitled to your personal opinion, you are quite over the top in saying it’s “the ugliest car ever made”. You will find few people out there who agree with you, even though I can think of one or two. The 2+2 is the ugliest E Type variant, for the simple reason it can’t compete in the looks department with its short wheelbase brethren. However, had ONLY the 2+2 ever been made, it would be considered a decent looking GT car, which it is to most people, especially ones who have never seen an original wheelbase roadster or fixed-head coupe. As for the car breaking down, that is a load of tired old chauvinistic American codswallop!! The mechanicals are very sound when these exotic, non-utilitarian cars are serviced according to the owner’s manual…and by a mechanic who knows these classics. I own a ’69 roadster in nice shape which I service regularly and competently…and all I do when I drive it during the summer is smile…and it makes lots of other people on the road and the street smile too. For these exotics to cause problems they need to be abused…as in driven hard like a pick-up truck for very long periods…without servicing them. Then they will hurt you in the wallet quite deservedly! .You have to differentiate between an exotic and a utilitarian workhorse, old boy. Try driving a classic 1960s Ferrari hard for many thousands of miles while ignoring all the servicing intervals…

      Like 6
  12. RichardinMaine

    I briefly had an E Type coupe before I had a 2+2 that I liked better. I’m only 5’7” but the extra headroom and slightly larger greenhouse made it more comfortable. I daily drove it for 2 years and loved it.

    Like 5
  13. JagManBill

    My 69 2+2 was a daily for 10 years (75-85). Now its a sitting project. For a rolling project, this price is well past optimistic…by about double…or more. $10k max would be my thought, most likely closer to 8. I had a shot at a 70 2+2 a few years back. Complete car minus the engine, picture frame and rear end (so just a slider. Really nice car otherwise. WITH a OTS conversion kit from the 80’s (complete – with top) for $3,000. Now I know a few years have passed, but $23k?….ahhh…no.

    Like 0
  14. JagManBill

    I must also add; I took my 2+2 through competition driving school back in 1990 for my vintage/historic license. At the same time my Instructor was driving a 65 FHC. We both learned that weekend that the 2+2 was better balanced than the FHC. My 2+2 was severely damaged in a house fire 14 years ago. I have just recently began its restoration. But not to a street/show car. using Group 4 period FIA rules, we are rebuilding the car for vintage/historic racing. I am very much so looking to return to driving my old friend.

    Like 1

Leave A Comment

RULES: No profanity, politics, or personal attacks.

Become a member to add images to your comments.


Get new comment updates via email. Or subscribe without commenting.

Barn Finds