Vintage XK-E Roadster Remains Untouched Decades Later

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1973 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

Acquired by its dealer in 2018, 1973 XK-E Roadster retains its original body and paint, comes with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate.

We all have dreams of finding an all-original Jaguar tucked away in a barn somewhere, covered in dust and in need of restoration. We imagine ourselves saving these big cats, bringing them back to life through sweat, time, and a lot of cash on hand, then driving the finished masterpiece to our local car show to wow the crowd.

Here’s such an example we found on Bring a Trailer the other day, a 1973 XK-E Roadster that was acquired from its original owner by the selling dealer in 2018 after 45 years of ownership.

1973 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

According to its Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, the XK-E Roadster was assembled in late June of 1973, then sent off to the United States a couple of weeks later in early July. The XK-E landed in Michigan, when it was sold to its sole owner in October of 1973.

1973 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

Under the long silver hood is the XK-E’s numbers-matching 5.3-liter V12, which made 250 horses back in its day, piped through the rear wire knock-offs through a four-speed manual. After 20 years of storage in a garage, however, the Jaguar needs a mechanical restoration before it can roll back out on the road.

1973 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

Inside the XK-E, the Russet red interior includes a pair of leather buckets that could use some refreshing. The roadster includes AC, an AM/FM radio, and plenty of rocker switches to control the lights and windshield wipers, while the black top will need full replacement due to age and damage.

1973 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

The XK-E currently resides in Texas with only over 20,000 miles on the odometer. Once the car is mechanically sorted by its new owner, it’ll be ready to log another 20,000 more. Definitely one of the best barn finds we’ve come across.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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