The 4-seat XKE was a subject of discussion at Jaguar from the E-type's introduction in the US yet it progressed slowly until it was introduced in 1966. While Jaguar management (in the person of the company's chairman, William Lyons) recognized the important American market's desire for more interior room the response to that need was muted by two factors, primarily the remarkable success of the original XKE in the US but also by the difficulty of translating the delicate balance and integrated curved surfaces of the XKE body design into an aesthetically pleasing expression on a 9 inch longer wheelbase with a larger passenger compartment. Jaguar made mockups and produced innumerable layout drawings trying to get it right. This 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2 is a pleasing example that has been restored in British Racing Green with tan leather upholstery to very good driving condition. Fitted with the 3-carburetor XK engine, 4-speed manual transmission, chrome wire wheels, red line tires and a period radio, it has as its restorer intended been driven some but maintained in good, sound condition. It is an honest, practical car with attractive cosmetics, good performing 4.2 liter XK engine and fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox. With room for kids (or dogs), it will be a delightful driver.
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