- Car No: 890630
- Engine No: RA 6730-9
- Body No: V8338
- Gear Box No: EB 14827JS
- Mileage: 62,630
Available is this silver with red leather fixed head coupe (not a 2+2) which I purchased from the estate of the second owner. The prior owner purchased the e-type from its original owner in 1969 and kept it all these years! The car is matching numbers and have been kept original with only a few sensible upgrades. First, he added air conditioner. If you have ever driven a XKE coupe in the summer you already know that it gets very toasty inside the cabin. I was pleased to see that the AC unit was very nicely integrated to the interior of the Jaguar and required no modifications of the console or dash areas. The generator was replaced with an alternator (which is required for the AC) and the anemic single blade radiator fan was replaced with a multi-blade fan that actually cools the radiator.
In 1997 the car was taken To Vicarage Motors, which are the appointed restorers for the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. The following was done at a cost of $19,200.
- Replace radiator, all belts and hoses, replaced cooling fan
- Replace front assembly, front shocks, upper and lower ball joints, upper and lower control arms, replace steering rack boots, outer tie rod ends.
- Rebuilt front calipers, replace front pads and rotors, replace front wheel bearings, replace brake booster
- Renew exhaust system
- Renew entire read end assembly, renew u-joints (this included rear rotors and rear brake calipers)
- Replace fuel lines, battery cables, rewire engine bay
- Reseal leaking engine, replace clutch assembly, replace slave cylinder
- Bonnet repainted to match body color
- Installed new fuel tank, new fuel pump, new header tank, new air cleaner, new heater box assembly
- Install complete new interior, rebuilding the seats and new spare wheel cover.
Interior: Very nicely done. Still looks nice and fresh after 10 years. Headliner was also replaced and looks like new. All gauges work (except the clock, which probably stopped in 1965), the air conditioner blows cold.
Body: Body is very solid and 99% rust free. I found a small rust spot on the left side of the bonnet ... just behind the front tire ... see photo.
Bottom of the doors, floors, bonnet lower valance and rocker panels are rust free ... a sure sign that this car was been garaged kept. The paint itself is probably the weakest part of the whole car. From 20 feet it looks okay but closer you can see many defects. I would say the car was last painted about 30 years ago. It is no so bad that you have to do it right away, but considering how nice the interior already is this car would transform itself with a nice paint job. Chrome appears to be all original and some pieces (such as the bumpers and taillight housings) should be done when the car is painted.
Mechanicals: The original 3.8 liter matching numbers engine is VERY strong, with very good compression (145 psi) and excellent oil pressure. Oil pressure stays in the 40 to 50 psi range even with engine warm, at idle. There is no engine smoke and, amazingly, no oil leaks. Front suspension and steering feels nice and tight. Brakes feel good as so does the clutch and gearbox. Mechanically I give this car high marks. Tires are Michellin red line and have about 60% of their thread remaining.
Miscellaneous: Includes many receipts, spare tire and jack.
Decent no-stories XKE that are reasonably priced are getting harder to find. This Jaguar is ideal for the person looking for a no-stories XKE with a well known history. It can be driven and enjoyed as is, and made better later on if desired.