1969 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe

In large part driven by changing Federal regulations in the all-important US market, the Series II Jaguar E-Type incorporated a number of visual changes including a larger oval air intake, more robust bumpers and more prominent marker lights, but Jaguar deftly kept the sleek, flowing lines that had made the E-Type a legend. Built from 1968 to 1971, it was also a more refined automobile, with a more flexible and usable 4,265 cc engine, a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox, larger Girling disc brakes and more comfortable seats with adjustable headrests.

In 1966 the XKE (as it was known in the U.S.) roadster and coupe were joined by a 2+2 with 9 inch longer wheelbase and an extended roof over its marginally useful rear seats. The extra length and longer doors may have made it more practical for growing families but did nothing for the sleek, svelte lines penned by Malcolm Sayer with Sir William Lyons' guidance. It is the 96-inch wheelbase XKE coupe that most eloquently expresses the XKE's racing heritage and the essential form-follows-function simplicity of its design.

That pure expression of the XKE is embodied in this 1969 fixed head coupe. Finished in British Racing Green with a Moss Green interior it has chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, a jack and a wheel nut hammer. Better still, it is a very pretty, straight and honest car in mostly original condition with the exception of one repaint. It has been sparingly driven, as evidenced by its gracefully mellowed original interior and mostly original, very well kept and tidy engine bay. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate is included. This is an excellent car for someone looking to appreciate the improvements and refinements of the Series II XKE in a straight, thoughtfully preserved car with low miles that was never restored because it never needed to be. Such examples, untouched by the hand of the restorer, are hard to find today.

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