This is an original Home Market, matching numbers Coupe just out of long term ownership.
History for the car stretches back to when the last owner bought it in 1975, including MOT certificates that suggest the current mileage reading of 72,000 as correct. Although we can’t be certain, the paperwork indicates that it is a two owner car from new; the current V5C advises the previous owner bought it in 1965, whilst the replacement green logbook from 1975 shows only one previous owner and confirms the registration date. The gentleman we bought the car from was a member of the Jaguar Owners Club, and for many years regularly took the car to Club events all over the country.
Since we have had the car, it has been the subject of over £15,000 of recommissioning. This has included the removal, strip down and rebuilding of the rear cradle, the stripping off of ancient underseal and repainting the underside, new wheels and tyres, complete rebuild of the front & rear suspension including Koni shock absorbers, and an extensive 10,000 mile service including a rebuild of the carburettors, refurbished steering rack, new fuel and brake pipes and a complete brake overhaul including new discs.
This is not a restored example; the paint is an older respray, whilst the trim is a mixture of original and new. However, it’s a very straight and honest car that drives well. It won’t win a Jaguar Owners Club concours, but it will be an E-Type that you can drive in all weathers, all over Europe, and not feel too precious about. And it’s also exceptionally good value.
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