Polished Paint: 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series II – $65,000

by | Jun 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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July 30, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Legend has it that when Enzo Ferrari first saw Jaguar’s E-Type at launch in 1961, he called it, “the most beautiful car ever made.” While the original launch car unveiled came painted in white, we wonder whether Enzo would have loved the car even more seeing it painted in red like this 1970 Jaguar XKE Series 2 Roadster originally listed in June 2022 on Craigslist in Chicago, Illinois.  The seller reports that in addition to the freshly polished paint, their E-Type is mechanically sound for weekend use.

Currently offered for $65,00, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for 1970 Jaguar XKE Series 2 cars of all three body styles.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $77,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $107,000.

Jaguar produced the E-Type sports car in three distinct series between 1961 and 1974.  The E-Type’s claimed 150 mph top speed, sub-seven-second naught-to-sixty acceleration, unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and fully independent suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes. The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years beginning in 1955 and employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame chassis, as was common at the time, was needed, and as such the first cars weighed only 2,000 pounds.

Launched for the model year 1968, the Series 2 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration mandates.  The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other imported cars, such as the Citroën DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this step was applied worldwide for the E-Type.  Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, larger front indicators and tail lights re-positioned below the bumpers, and an enlarged grille and twin electric fans to aid cooling.  Additional U.S.-inspired changes included a steering lock that moved the ignition switch to the steering column, replacing the dashboard-mounted ignition and push-button starter, the symmetrical array of metal toggle switches replaced with plastic rockers, and a collapsible steering column to absorb impact in the event of an accident. New seats allowed the fitment of head restraints, as required by U.S. law beginning in 1969.

The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial “ribbed” appearance. It was de-tuned in the US with twin two-barrel Strombergs replacing three SUs. Combined with larger valve clearances horsepower was reduced from 265 to 246 and torque from 283 to 263.  Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.

We came across this well-produced video of a similar 1970 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Serries II on the Machines & Macchiatos Media YouTube Channel:

While we can’t deny the exterior of this 1970 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series II convertible, we strongly encourage potential buyers to ask the seller for pictures of the engine bay, trunk, interior, and chassis to ensure the bones of this Jaguar look as good as the skin.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful 1970 Jaguar Xke Convertible


The paint is show quality- I just had it polished and ceramic coated.
Super solid undercarriage
Mechanically sound, drive it every weekend.
Clean title in my name, insured and plated.”

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