1968 JAGUAR 4.2L XKE E-TYPE "SERIES 1.5" 5 SPD MANUAL 2+2 COUPE WITH CHROME WIRE WHEELS
West Coast Classics are happy to present a rare 'barn find' (garage really!) example of this coveted originally from southern California 1968 Jaguar XKE E-Type Series 1.5 (originally a 4 speed manual transmission) 2+2 coupe with the legendary 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 & aftermarket installed modern rear backup camera!
The car was previously long time owned by a southern California owner who had stored it in his dry southern California enclosed garage before we purchased the car and sold it to a Texas owner back in 2012. We recently repurchased the car from its Texas owner and are selling it for the second time! The car drives well with the upgraded 5 speed Tremec manual transmission shifting smoothly all the gears.
The car is a fine daily driving example of this rare marque with some minor imperfections and TLC required but with a very presentable interior with it's seemingly original black leather seats and carpets and with the original door panels, headliner and dashboard all in very good condition throughout. Please note the car also has it's original spare wheel located in the trunk.
The car has an upgraded 5 speed Tremec manual gearbox, electronic ignition, high torque starter, new torsion bars & Koni adjustable rear shocks, aluminum radiator, AC system upgraded, rebuilt head.
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 originally 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!