1968 JAGUAR 4.2L XKE E-TYPE "SERIES 1.5" 5 SPD MANUAL 2+2 COUPE WITH CHROME WIRE WHEELS!!
West Coast Classics are proud to present an extraordinarily rare and completely rust free genuine 'barn find' (garage really!) example of this coveted original southern California car 1968 Jaguar XKE E-Type Series 1.5 (originally a 4 speed manual transmission) 2+2 coupe with it's original matching #'s 6 cylinder 4.2L/246HP engine with the rare factory twin cooling fans and adjustable seat backs and with a black leather interior and five original Jaguar wire chrome wheels and with an upgraded 5 speed Tremec manual transmission!
The car was reported to have only some 62K original miles by its previous long time owner who had stored it in his dry southern California enclosed garage before we purchased the car and sold it to a Texas owner in 2012. We recently repurchased the car from its Texas owner and are proud to be selling it for the second time! The engine purrs like a sewing machine with no rough idles or stalling, the upgraded 5 speed Tremec manual transmission shifts smoothly all the gears, the suspension is tight and there is no road wobbling or rattling and the temperature always remains cool - all indicative of such a low mileage car.
The floor boards and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust-free! The car has no signs of any accidents and has a very straight body. The car remains a very fine daily driving example of this rare marque and its interior is still quite impressive and seemingly very original with lovely black leather seats and carpets and with the original door panels, headliner and dashboard all in very fine condition throughout. Please note the car also has it's original spare wheel and knock off mallet located in the trunk.
FOLLOWING THE 'SERIES 1' (1961-68) THERE WAS A TRANSITIONAL SERIES OF CARS BUILT BETWEEN 1967-68 UNOFFICIALLY CALLED THE 'SERIES 1.5' AND THEY ARE EXTERNALLY SIMILAR TO THE 'SERIES 1' CARS WITH THE REAR TAIL LIGHTS ABOVE THE REAR BUMPER ETC BUT WITH NEW AMERICAN INFLUENCED FEATURES OF OPEN HEADLIGHTS, DIFFERENT SWITCHES & SOME SLIGHT DETUNING WITH THE NOTICEABLE DOWNGRADE FROM THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CARBS TO THE TWIN ZENITH-STROMBERG CARBS FOR THE US MODELS
THERE WERE ONLY 1,983 SERIES 1.5 2+2 COUPES BUILT COMPARED TO 3,616 SERIES 1 2+2 COUPES & THE LOW PRODUCTION NUMBERS ON THESE CARS MEAN THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY QUITE SIMPLY AMONGST THE RAREST OF ALL PRODUCTION E -TYPES! SO BUY WITH CONFIDENCE KNOWING THAT THIS CAR IS AMONG THE LOWEST OF THE PRODUCTION E-TYPES BUILT BY JAGUAR & THAT VERY FEW REMAIN ANYWHERE!
This is therefore an extremely rare opportunity for the Jaguar or British classic sports car enthusiast who is looking to buy a great and mostly all original and unmolested and rust free example of an original southern California 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 4.2L 2+2 seater coupe with the highly desirable & upgraded 5 speed manual transmission and original chrome wire wheels!