Ratty 1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Too Cool to Pass Up

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Relatively rough Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster may look like a major project, but it’s certainly worth saving.

Classic Jaguar E-Type prices busted through the roof many years ago and haven’t gone anywhere but up since. And why wouldn’t they? After all, we’re talking about one of the most beautiful cars ever produced, bar none. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t find the E-Type attractive, in fact. But if you’re looking to add one to your collection, you’ll need to prepare yourself for some serious sticker shock. That is, unless you go for this 1969 Series 2 Roadster up for grabs at Classic Car Auctions’ May 25 sale.

With an auction estimate of just $19k-$23k, this Jaguar is certainly cheap. But as is usually the case with E-Types, you pretty much get what you pay for. In this case, that means a car that obviously needs a ton of work. Even the auction house calls it “one for the brave,” which is quite humorous. But it is a classic Series 2 roadster, and that makes it well worth saving. And heck, we’ve seen much, much worse.

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster

The first order of business is to get this Jaguar running. And the auction listing doesn’t notate if it runs or not, nor what sort of condition the transmission is in. The interior is an absolute disaster, with many missing parts including the dashboard. But on the bright side, the body looks pretty solid from what we can tell.

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster

This old Jaguar certainly looks like a project worth taking on, if you know what you’re doing. And if you do it right, you might just save a few bucks over buying a restored or nice original example. With a little added bravery and some elbow grease, of course.

Photos: Classic Car Auctions

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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