The Jaguar E-Type … the highly coveted, wildly popular, insanely beautiful British iconic sports car debuted to the world in 1961 at the Geneva Auto Salon. From the pen of designer Malcolm Sayer, the E-Type set new standards for how sexy sophistication should be personified into an automobile. Originally powered by a 265bhp 3.8-liter engine mated to a four-speed manual box, claims of 150mph top speeds were being floated around. Invoice pricing was more attractive than the car itself, starting at just over £2000, this was nearly half what you would pay for an equally capable and aesthetically pleasing Italian exotic at the time. This, and the lightweight aluminum body, got the attention of race teams throughout the circuits.
Three series would run through the production years, the original S1 (’61-’68), the S2 (’68-’71) brought mostly cosmetic changes, and the S3 (’71-’75) ushered in the monster 5.3L V12. Over 72,000 E-Types would hit the market during the 14 year run, and today it is unquestionably a blue-chip classic collector.
Second Daily is proud to present this 1969 fixed-head coupe Jaguar E-Type. The current owner is a lifelong Jaguar enthusiast/JCNA member who oversaw its 3-year mechanical restoration. This is a Southern California “barn find” that was previously garaged, unregistered and undriven from about 1987 until 2016. The previous registered owner (reportedly the second registered owner) died in 1987 and his widow was unable to care for the car. When it failed a California emissions inspection in or around 1990, it was placed on a shelf and passed through a few family members until being acquired by the current owner who undertook its mechanical restoration. Thousands of dollars have been invested to bring this one back to life and is reported to run and drive very well. It is located in California with a clean clear title in the seller’s name.
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There is no evidence of any prior accidents but the exterior paint appears to have received a respray sometime in the 1980s prior to storage and has a few superficial nicks and scratches. The seller notes typical parking lot door dings on the passenger side, one 2″ scratch near driver-side headlight, and one hard-to-see concave dent on the nose near the grill opening (possibly a small can of paint or some like heavy object fell on it while in storage) and lastly notes that less than a foot above that is a convex dent where someone likely tried to jack the car under the radiator, leaving a mark in the steel. There is present only very superficial surface rust in very few crevices, which is highly notable given many of these fall victim to significant rust (the monocoque unibody design was a like an enclosed tub that water loves to hang around in).
The bumpers show very well, with some superficial pitting visible upon close inspection. The boot hatch window has received new rubber and chrome trim and is solid and leak-free. Both A-pillars on doors received new rubber as well. The remaining rubber along the windshield and bumpers is intact but aging. The seller notes it presents very well, even up close but is not a show quality car (nor intending to pose as one) as it will likely require new paint for that. The original chrome wire wheels and knock-off caps have patina, but no rust, and may need re-chroming at some point in the future.
The original dark blue leather interior is like a time warp because this car was covered/garaged in drought-ridden Southern California for 30+ years, showing some patina of course but no rot issues. The seller notes that no air conditioning provides a perfect analog driving experience, free of complications. A RetroSound stereo head unit with full Bluetooth connectivity was added, along with new speakers being mounted on the powertrain tunnel. There are also rear box speakers which came with the car, but they are not permanently affixed and can be removed at will. The head unit has a period-correct appearance while offering modern technology and hands-free phone operation.
Note this is a matching numbers car (Gearbox No. 1KE1979, Engine No. of 7R4828-9). The seller states the engine is unstamped, possibly indicating that the original engine was swapped out by a dealership under warranty early in its life and the original engine number was not re-stamped onto the new engine block. It is still the correct engine, not swapped from another car. Direct from the Seller: New wiring harnesses for main engine compartment and alternator completed in March 2018, with extensive other electrical work performed (condensers, relays, fuses, starter rebuilt, new rocker switches) in 2016-2018. All new OEM belts and hoses, new Cool Cats aluminum radiator, new power brake servo, new master/slave clutch cylinders, entirely new exhaust system including shiny new manifolds and stainless steel Bell exhaust pipes/mufflers which sound beautiful on the downshift. Mechanical speedometer and dash clock were rebuilt by a recognized expert in Smiths gauges. New weatherstripping on door jambs and rear hatch. Original copper radiator and Sanyo stereo cassette head unit (non-operating) have been retained in case the new owner wishes to restore them. All records for the three-year restoration have been kept and go with the car.
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