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Lot Number
12
1968 Jaguar XK E-Type Roadster
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $300,000
CHASSIS NO: 1E17701
• Regarded as the world’s finest example
• One owner from new with all original paperwork
• MSO and JDHT Certificate confirm full matching numbers
• Offered with original factory hard top
• Judged perfect over 36 times; reigning JCNA Champion
• Cover feature, August 2017 Hemmings Motor News
• Original jack, tools, and original UK registration plate

4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin Stromberg carburetors, 246 HP at 5,500 RPM, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with torsion bars, independent rear suspension with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 96”


A breakthrough that took the motoring world by storm from introduction at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar’s brilliant E-Type, dubbed XK-E in America, reinvented sports cars in a single stroke. One of – and quite possibly the – world’s most beautiful car, the E-Type earned the respect of the motoring press, Jaguar enthusiasts, and even Enzo Ferrari. Projectile-like in appearance with stunning, aircraft-inspired styling, advanced engineering, and performance, the E-Type had it all – at a surprisingly affordable price. The E-Type was certainly no flash in the pan as a road car and its outstanding basic design and engineering adapted surprisingly well the tightening emissions and safety regulations in Jaguar’s American market, resulting in the ‘Series 1.5’ or ‘Series 1 ½’ models in late 1967 that gradually phased in several important updates. These evolutionary changes culminated in the release for 1968 of the ‘Series II’ XK-E. Representing a substantial redesign while maintaining everything good, the updated Jaguar XK-E predicted many attributes still to arrive in the final ‘Series III’ V-12 cars that entered production in 1971 and continued through 1974.

Among the comprehensive ‘Series II’ revisions, the former covered headlamps of the first-series cars were opened and moved forward slightly, carburetors and intake manifolds revised, and finned aluminum cam covers added, while the cockpit now featured rocker-type switchgear. Externally, the radiator air intake substantially increased in size, a change masked by larger, full-width bumpers that were matched at the rear to meet new U.S. low-speed impact requirements. The well-proven 4.2-litre ‘XK’ six-cylinder engine was little changed, although a higher-capacity water pump was fitted, taking advantage of the enlarged radiator air intake and better adapting the E-Type to warmer climates. Chassis updates included larger Girling disc brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear. Inside, the welcome addition of reclining seats was now standard equipment. In sum, the steady evolution of the E-Type/XK-E meant that buyers of the ‘Series II’ models enjoyed a much better, more comfortable, safer, and more reliable XK-E – attributes that complemented its already well-established reputation for superior performance, handling and appearance. In total, just 7,852 left-hand drive XKE ‘Series II’ Roadsters were produced from 1968 through 1971.

While every automotive fanatic remembers their first sighting of an E-Type, few who bought one new has kept it as the owner of this wonderful, Opalescent Silver Blue 1968 example has, and it is with immense pride that we now offer quite likely the world’s finest car of its kind. On a trip to New York City in 1962 while in college, our consignor saw his first Jaguar E-Type and was instantly smitten and resolved to buy one as soon as he could afford one. Just a few years later, while traveling home from a job in Liberia, he stopped by the Jaguar factory in Coventry, England and ordered the car offered here to his specifications. It was completed on April 26, 1968, UK-registered in June, and then loaded onboard the steamship Moshill at Dagenham Dock and shipped to Newark, New Jersey. Our Consignor picked up the Jaguar on the Newark docks on October 21, 1968 and experienced many of life’s joys with the car for the next several years, including courtship with his wife, marriage in 1970, and the birth of his son in 1972. Through these first years, the E-Type was the family’s sole vehicle. Eventually relegated to the background, the E-Type remained a virtual fixture in the life of the owner and his family, with the car earmarked for his son after his eventual high-school graduation. However, life and a busy career intervened, pushing the planned restoration of the Jaguar back.

Following retirement, the consignor was able to commence the restoration of his beloved E-Type, starting with virtually endless hours spent at classic car shows, events, and swap meets, plus a multitude of hours on the Internet to select and source the New Old Stock (NOS) parts required for the job. After several years’ worth of accumulation, the Jaguar and restoration parts were taken to a professional restorer to see the effort through. Not just any professional would do, though, with the car entrusted to none other than Lou Ottaviano, the highly-respected Jaguar restoration specialist working out of Lindley Motors in Sanatoga, Pennsylvania. The consignor is best qualified to describe this phase of his time with the car. “Since I am a perfectionist, Lou worked very hard with me to get the car perfect and authentic. The car was completely disassembled off the frame and every part, nut, and bolt was meticulously rebuilt and refinished including the engine, transmission and rear end to the highest standards possible or replaced with NOS parts. Then it was all put back together. The restoration was completed in the Spring of 2006. My car was one of the last ones that Lou completed before he contracted cancer and passed away. Over the years since restoration, I have met a number of knowledgeable judges and individuals who have taken great interest in my car and helped me get it even more perfect by noticing something not quite right or deteriorating. With the terrific help of my son, and Jeff Snyder of Jeff's Resurrections of Taylor, Texas, we would then immediately correct the problem or make the fine adjustments necessary. Both my son and Jeff have been most helpful in helping me maintain my car in pristine condition.” Today, the Jaguar continues to stand as one of Mr. Ottaviano’s finest works.

Following completion of the restoration in 2006, the E-Type embarked with its original owner on a concours career resulting in its status as one of the winningest cars of its kind, accumulating a string of 50 first place or best in class awards. In addition, it has garnered 12 JCNA (Jaguar Clubs North America) Concours d’Elegance Championships with perfect judging scores each and every time. Lest anyone be tempted to scoff at this incredible tally of awards and accolades, a fastidiously compiled listing is available for inspection, as are the car’s original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) and its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, both of which serve wonderfully as documentary “book ends” confirming the Jaguar’s original data and details, which perfectly correspond to its matching Chassis, Engine, Body, and Gearbox numbers. Complete with all original items and accessories, this wonderful XKE simply awaits a new owner who only wants the very best.

1968 Jaguar XK E-Type Roadster
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