1970 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER Series II
English-built cars have a personality. This car has a near perfect blend of engine power, smoothness, suspension and brake function.
It has been well-maintained throughout its life. Currently on its second owner since May 1972, we can confirm the following progeny:
High Quality Repaint – The XKE’s paint has been changed from British Racing Green to a silver/blue color with tint that changes color with outside light. The project was a bare metal job including jambs, firewall and the underside of the bonnet. While repainted 15 years ago, the finish remains excellent with exceptional depth and shine.
The body is straight with an absence of body gaps between the bonnet and doors.
The doors open and close smoothly and feature perfect shut lines.
The exterior presents few scratches and road-rash.
There is NO Evidence of Major Damage or Rust – The spare spoke wheel/tire compartment offers a high potential for rust and corrosion. Its clean condition is consistent with the rest of the car. (Not shown is the original jack, two-pound THOR copper knock-off and hammer, all neatly tucked and tied in an original pouch below the trunk mat and wooden floor.)
Bumpers and Other Trim have been Rechromed – In addition to the rechroming, rubber weatherstripping has been replaced accenting the dual exhaust pipes, bright stainless steel closing panel, clear lenses and undamaged lower sheet metal.
Evidence of oxidation does exist from the engine manifold to chromed exhaust pipes.
Tires have been Replaced with New Radials – Original upgraded chrome wire, “knock off” center-lock wheels feature new 185 HR 15 Universal Sport whitewalls with Michelin TR-13 rubber stem tubes.
Leather Seats and Door Panels have been Reupholstered – Together with the wood-rimmed, aluminum steering wheel and working operation of the traditional, white-on-black Smiths gauges, this XKE’s interior is clean with a new car leather smell – an interior easily described as “excellent.”
The black leather bucket seats, door panels and trim, dash, working instrumentation and original black Wilton wool carpeting are in superb condition.
The Convertible Top Fits Tight – A new tacking strip secures the fit. The top lifts up and folds down in seconds without leaks or wind noise. A black boot cover can be found in the trunk – in good condition, having had very little use over the past 46 years.
This XKE is Original - The number plate and numbers stamped on the engine block and sub-suspension arm are matching - confirmation this Jaguar has been mated with the original, factory-installed engine and drivetrain.
More Numbers –
Odometer Mileage (statute): 110,061
Gear Box #KE11191
This XKE is a survivor, one of the few 7,853 left-hand drive open two-seaters built between 1968-1971 by Jaguar Cars LTD.
Summary – Together with its exceptional eye appeal, this partially restored, Tucson-garaged XKE has been well-maintained and drives great. Absent any rattles or shakes, it tracks straight with power on or under braking. A combination of mechanical excellence, an original, straight, solid body condition and a numbers-matching classic Jaguar is rare.
We have priced this car to be (1) an entry-level collector showcar (without the outsized mark-ups of USD$150,000 or more for a Concours contender leaving considerable budget for further restoration), or (2) as a reliable, head-turning daily/long-distance driver. Either opportunity offers an exceptional investment. Haggerty’s January 2018 valuations range from USD$66,400 (at their “Good” third level condition) to USD$114,000 (“Excellent” condition at a #2 level, below the #1 “Concours” condition carrying a USD$198,000 Haggerty valuation).
This is certainly one of the finest Jaguars in the U.S. offered at USD$85,500. This XKE is being sold in “as-is” condition and comes with no warranties either expressed or implied. Pre-purchase inspections by the prospective buyer and/or his agents are welcome and encouraged.
A non-refundable USD$2,000 deposit is due upon purchase with verified remittance of the remaining purchase price necessary prior to title transfer and shipment. Shipping arrangements, insurance and other costs are the responsibility of the purchaser. No Exceptions.