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    1968 Jaguar E-Type FHC XKE S1.5

    Consignment #: 6096 Sign In to View Price


    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 10th – 12th , 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 4th Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    The hit of the March 1961 Geneva show and an instant object of desire worldwide, Jaguar’s beautiful E-Type (designated XKE in America) uncannily managed to keep pace with the fast-changing demands of buyers and regulators throughout its run. Built along four distinct groups through the end of production in 1974, the E-Type consistently maintained its lean, purposeful appearance and outstanding performance. While several noticeable differences were heralded by the updated 1968 models, Jaguar never officially referred to them as ‘Series 1.5’ unlike today’s collectors. Most noticeably, the former covered headlamps were switched to more visible open headlamps. Retaining the 4.2-liter DOHC ‘six’ introduced late in the first series, the Series 1.5 cars now utilized twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors; although horsepower output dropped slightly, the new carburetors were easier to tune than the old SU units. Inside, passenger room was improved, and the prior aircraft-style toggle switches were replaced by rockers.

    In short, the careful and steady evolution of the E-Type meant that buyers of the ‘Series 1.5’ cars in 1968 enjoyed an improved, more comfortable, and reliable Jaguar than ever before. Numbered 1E35164, this highly desirable ‘Series 1.5’ Jaguar XKE Fixed-Head Coupe (FHC) is exceptionally original, being never fully restored but very well maintained and preserved to the highest of standards. A complete numbers matching example confirmed by the corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, 1E35164 was built on February 2, 1968, factory-finished in color code 1054 Silver Blue Metallic, and dispatched from the factory on May 24, 1968.

    With only two prior owners, the Consignor became the third caretaker of 1E35164 on December 2, 1998 at approximately 28,000 indicated miles, with the Jaguar benefiting from heated garage storage and avoidance of road salt. In January 1999, the XKE was picked up in Michigan and driven back to San Diego over the next three days with no issue, notwithstanding the need for an engine rebuild, which was completed immediately thereafter to pre-1967 specs using standard-size 9:1 pistons and updating of the cylinder head for unleaded gasoline. Supporting systems were addressed to match, including the clutch, updated HD cooling system, exhaust, and the addition of new rear shocks. and the clutch. Invoices accompanying the XKE document the history of professional repair and maintenance work since it was purchased by the Consignor, including parts bought from either XK’s Unlimited or Martin Robey Sales, Warwickshire, England. When purchasing parts, OEM and NOS items were first sought, followed by updated or superseded parts, and then aftermarket items or usable parts from different makes, as in the case of the modern R134a air conditioning system, which was professionally installed during the summer of 2015. Carefully maintained, preserved, and serviced throughout its long-term current ownership, the XKE continues to benefit handsomely from a bare-metal repaint performed in 2003. A complete timeline listing all work performed to the Jaguar since 1999 accompanies the corresponding auction file. A wonderfully preserved and highly enjoyable example throughout, this very special ‘Series 1.5’ XKE is ready to appreciate and enjoy, with the undeniable overall feel that only a car like this can possibly deliver.



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