Judging by how many Jaguar “barn finds” come to market, it would seem that the world has an endless supply of them.
The Jaguar looks to be presented as-found after four decades of slumber and in reasonably straight condition, ready for someone to dump dollars into a total restoration. Or else preserve its long-term patina.
“This 1967 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series I Coupe is a matching-numbers car and the ideal example for straightforward restoration,” according to the ad. “This car has an excellent body with just one repaint and is very solid with a clean undercarriage.
“Honest unrestored cars are getting harder and harder to find with each passing day, and this highly coveted Series I E-type coupe has been sitting for the last 40 years awaiting its next loving caretaker.”
While experienced car people might scoff at the idea of a “straightforward restoration,” this coupe does appear to represent a good starting point for bringing a desirable and valuable sports car back to life.
The 1967 model year is a sweet spot for just about all British cars because it was the last year that they retained their purity of design before US DOT rules stepped in. In the case of a ’67 E-type, that means toggle switches on the dashboard, original body trim and unmitigated performance from the classic DOHC straight-6 engine.
Everybody knows the story of Enzo Ferrari calling the original E-type something along the lines of the world’s most-beautiful car, which was quite the ironic concession. The E-type’s inherent beauty and desirability is what makes it seem so evocative as a musty, unrestored, presumably non-running relic. It will be up to the next owner to decide whether to preserve or restore.
The asking price might seem high at $59,900 until you consider that excellent examples of these Jaguars can go as high as three times that much, making a total resto a viable alternative without go too deep under water.
Maybe the plan could be just to get it running and driving, and keep it looking like a ghost from the past.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.