You Can Get a Nice Jaguar XKE for Under $50k
Well-maintained and ready to drive, a show-quality Jaguar XKE doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg.
The Jaguar E-Type, or the XKE in the North American market, is arguably the most famous of the vintage Jags. In fact, the E-Type is likely one of the most sought-after British sports cars from the 1960s, but in flipping through Jaguar listings on BringATrailer.com, we came across a few examples of the legendary XKE – all of which show that you can get one of these cars in nice shape for less than $50,000.
The Legendary E-Type
The Jaguar E-Type and the XKE were first offered in 1961 and the sleek sports car would be sold through 1975. While there were changes throughout the years, the long bonnet with the unique forward-flip access to the engine, the 2-seat cockpit and the short rearend were key design features of every E-Type and XKE.
The E-Class was offered with three different engines – a pair of online-six mills measuring 3.8-liter and 4.2-liters and a later 5.3-liter V12. For the 1969 model year, the 4.2-liter I6 offered 246 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, with the power being channeled to the rear wheels by means of a four-speed manual transmission.
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On the inside, the XKE featured plush carpeting and soft leather, providing the type of luxurious feel that you would expect from one of Europe’s greatest luxury sports cars.
Well Maintained Machine
The biggest concern with British cars from the 1960s is reliability, so many people believe that buying a car like a Jaguar E-Type for a reasonable price will lead to a great deal of repair costs. However, the 1969 XKE that sold earlier this week on BringATrailer came with extensive maintenance records including a valve job, carb rebuild, a new-old fuel system, a master cylinder and all new hoses within the past year.
The fuel tank, the braking system and carpeting have been replaced and new wheels and tires have been mounted in place of the factory rollers.
Even with all of that work done over the past few years, this 1969 Jaguar XKE sold for just $48,000 and while it isn’t flawless, it is a turnkey driver that will turn heads at any car show.