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1969 Jaguar E type - $30,950 (Los Angeles)


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Price seems pretty optimistic considering condition, 2+2 and automatic transmission.

Also, listing states Central Los Angeles, however upon reading the ad copy I suspect it's approximately 5 miles to the east in Chinatown (just an observation).

 

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https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/los-angeles-1969-jaguar-type/7493095912.html

1969 Jaguar E type 2+2 4.2 liter I6
It needs restoration,
Engine start & runs, Not driver-able
3 months of restoration but not complete
Clean title, PNO,
Part including : New Muffler, All Lubber seal ( $1600 )
Any Question Call or text 323-261-120five

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Old English cars. Better know what you are looking at they are expensive to put together and maintain!!

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Came close on 2 XKEs over the years.  First was a blunder.  Local car with same owner for years, driver, not a project.  BRG, 2+2 67 or 68 with a dented bonnet (one spot only) but no rust.  Early 80s.  No, you really want a Corvette right? Passed, but this was a good car and one I probably should have grabbed for then market of around 5 grand.

Second was more recent, 8 or so years back.  Also a 2+2 put of New Hampshire.  Scruffy but together and running, still a project.  Somewhat worse than what I recall on Jag #1 above, but more money at around 8 grand.  NY state I believe issued replacement VIN. 

I spoke to a couple folks including Mr. Minnie who all said run do I did.  No regrets, at the end of the day it was an auto, 2+2 project car.  With questionable resale value due to VIN issue. 

I suppose it could have said to the SL one stall over "complicated and expensive you little b****, hold my beer" 😁😁

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I know of a nice appearing XKE which just went into a restoration shop for an off frame restoration.

 

It would cost about the same to restore this one as it will to restore the one which appears decent.  They’d both have issues.

 

So, someone with deep pockets who wants to restore one, probably a fair buy.

 

I’m not saying I think it’s a good buy, but someone might, with restored examples in six digits…

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1 hour ago, JAK said:

Then there are those of us who love our E Types

I do also John, but I do think passing on the project I described was smart for me.  Couldn't swing DIY let alone a pro.

I am 3, 4 miles from Motorcars Inc. Who is one of the biggest, maybe the biggest E type restoration specialists in the country.  Over the years I have watched his cars go up and up in price every year, and sell.. Alas, I am destined to be a gawker not an owner.  I will say Dean, the owner at Motorcars, loved our Packard.  

 

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22 minutes ago, JAK said:

Steve I was lucky,  the one I have now I got  in 1980 when it was as cheap as it ever would be, my

mind never see's it as an old car and it has been great friend.

Yep between 81 - 85 they were relatively affordable. 

E type #1 was around 84.  I had seen others in the same range but the car I missed was a "good one". $4,500 would have done it, I bet.

Alternatives at the time included an amateur restored Porsche 356 coupe, 4 grand. Driveway paint job but really not bad.

C2 Corvettes were around as well, a bit more but not insane.  

And so on... 😊

 

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Loved my 1952 XK-120MC, but let it go for a modest profit back in the early-mid 1960s - now deeply regret the dumb decision !

A few years later owned an early flat floor RHD Series-1 E-type in somewhat decent condition, and reasonably reliable, at least when compared to my '48 MG-TC and '57 TR-2.

Th E-Type also went to another good home, and a couple of others.

 

The lesson ?

An inexpensive Jaguar (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Alfa-Romeo, Lotus, Citroen, etc.) 

could easily become the most expensive car with which you've become enchanted.

 

The 2  best days of ownership?

1.     The day you buy it

2.     The day you sell it 

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1 minute ago, Marty Roth said:

The 2  best days of ownership?

1.     The day you buy it

2.     The day you sell it 

True that.

I was feeling rather capricious and decided to buy an XJ 12L.  I saw it and just had to have it.   A week later I realized that, while it may have been the best looking car on the block, it was also the most unreliable.   Every trip was a dice toss, sometimes the car would start, other times it refused.  One day the power windows functioned fine the next day, nothing.   Lighting at night?  Anyone's guess.   It was an electronic nightmare and became my personal albatross.   I learned many of the 12 cylinder cars were ending up in the insurance compounds as complete losses as they were heavily prone to engine  fires.   I took this as a good omen and, after a couple months of ownership, felt myself waiting (actually hoping) for mine to spontaneously burst into flames.  But no such luck.

I finally took it to a local auction and ran the car unreserved.  I would take whatever the car brought, but I would not bring it home again.   I got very lucky.  The car sold and when all the dust settled I calculated that I was only down about $50 from my initial investment.

A good lesson.

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I have a mechanic friend whose brother bought a new convertible around '67 or '68. A few years ago when I was talking to him he was on his way to FLA to pick it up, as his brother was gifting it to him. Beautiful red, and in great original condition. Some guys have all the luck.

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I think I told the story before. When I was a kid, in my early teens, we had a XK 150 FHC. My dad bought it as a parts car for my moms 140. Not really realizing there was not much overlap. Anyways the car was complete, for the most part, but had not run in years. My big dream was to fix that up and make it my HS car. I gave up on that and moved on to GTO‘s, which was probably not a dumb maneuver. 

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