1969 Jaguar XKE Series II

$87,900

Description

Documentation includes original car invoice; original operating, maintenance and service handbook; original overseas dealer distribution guide; original Passport to Service manual, with initial service interval recorded on 11/14/1970 at 3,750 miles; original copy of dealer special color order; maintenance invoices from 9/11/1969 to 3/24/2016; original copy of amended sales invoice with owner-requested additions; original certificate of ownership and more

This is not just any Jaguar XKE, it is the partner of its original owner who drove it from new until 2016, when he decided it would be better off to sell her to someone who would appreciate her just as much as he had and give her a second life and a new home.

In May 1969, New Jersey resident Charles F. decided he wanted a sports car. He left a deposit with his local Chevrolet dealer for a new, third-generation Corvette but a labor dispute at the factory in St. Louis, Missouri meant a delay in fulfilling his order.

After waiting more than a month, he asked for his deposit back. He recalled seeing a photo of Cher ensconced the back of a XKE with the rear door open. Using that image as inspiration, he went to Main Auto Sales in Madison, New Jersey and plunked down a deposit for a new Jag.

The dealer primarily sold Chryslers and Plymouths and Jaguars on the side. He placed his order but he was selective – he wanted no black interior and his top three exterior color choices were, in order – Ascot Fawn, Beige and Regency Red. A salesman from the dealership telephoned Charles a few days later to inform him that they found the perfect candidate but it was Willow Green. To get any of the colors he really wanted might take a few more weeks.

He consented, even though he had not seen that hue. Before going to the dealership, he visited a friend and confessed he did not know how to use a floor-mounted stick shift. The buddy obligingly gave him a crash course using the pal's VW Beetle. They then went to the Jag dealership together on May 21, 1969, where he paid for the car in cash! This Jag was originally assembled in November 1968.

While he was immediately smitten, there were a few modifications he desired – a set of chrome wire wheels, a companion set of whitewall tires, backlit heater controls and a protective glaze finish. He chose not to order any kind of radio because he would rather listen to the engine and because he did not want any drill holes in the car's slinky styling for an antenna. Finally, he requested the dealership omit its usual appliqué plaque.

The car was his daily driver for the next four years. That year, 1973, he reverted to only driving it on nice, weekends. Twenty years later, he treated his companion to a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration. He continued to intermittently pilot the car until 2016.

The car's paint and trim are in overall excellent order after nearly 30 years since the restoration. The same can be said of the bodywork, straight and the rear cargo area, with its fresh weather seal and cargo floor. The wraparound chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body and look fantastic.

This big cat rolls on Pirelli P4000 radials, size 205/70R15 at all four corners and each one is wrapped around one of this original wire wheels he requested. The wheels are in good, original order while the tires are in very good condition.

Under that large, forward-hinged hood is a 4.2L DOHC straight six-cylinder engine. Mated to the motor is a four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on all gears.

Inside, the Biscuit seats done in Connolly Leather remain sumptuous, while the darker Wilton Wool carpeting is in similar fashion. The headliner echoes the shape of the seats and carpet and a big, wood-rimmed and three-spoke steering wheel is ready for more adventures and new roads. The black dash looks great for being more than 50 years old, as do the Biscuit inner door panels. The console-mounted shift lever and handbrake complete the interior.

The Series 2 introduced many design changes, largely due to U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration mandates. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other imported cars, such as the Citroën DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this step was applied worldwide for the E-Type.

Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, larger front indicators and taillights re-positioned below the bumpers, and an enlarged grille and twin electric fans to aid cooling.

Additional U.S.-inspired changes included a steering lock which moved the ignition switch to the steering column, replacing the dashboard mounted ignition and push button starter, the symmetrical array of metal toggle switches replaced with plastic rockers, and a collapsible steering column to absorb impact in the event of an accident. New seats allowed the fitment of head restraints, as required by U.S. law beginning in 1969. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial “ribbed” appearance.

Documentation includes original car invoice; original operating, maintenance and service handbook; original overseas dealer distribution guide; original Passport to Service manual, with initial service interval recorded on 11/14/1970 at 3,750 miles; original copy of dealer special color order; maintenance invoices from 9/11/1969 to 3/24/2016; original copy of amended sales invoice with owner-requested additions; original certificate of ownership and more.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 83,536 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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Highlights

  • One of 4,855 Jaguar fixed head coupes made between 1968 and 1971
  • Original owner from new until 2016!
  • Received a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration in 1993
  • Attractive and rare color/trim combination
  • Recently serviced and always pampered
  • Equipped exactly as when delivered
  • 4.2L DOHC inline sixcylinder engine with dual SU carburetors
  • Fourspeed synchronized manual transmission
  • Original Willow Green exterior (code 7000) and original Connolly Biscuit leather interior
  • Original wire wheels, fully independent suspension and fourwheel disc brakes
  • This car has never had a radio
Stock #
220117
Vin:
1R25487
Engine:
4.2L DOHC inline six-cylinder
Transmission:
Four-speed synchronized manual
Mileage:
83,536