1974 Jaguar XKE Roadster
From the old skit by Eddie Lawrence courtesy the Dr. Demento Radio show... a skit with Santa asking a little boy, "What do you want for Christmas Little Boy?" to which he replies ''I want an automobile," "What kind of automobile, tin sedan?" "I want a Jagwah." "you're too young to drive a Jagwah..." "I want a Jag!"
For consignment, a curvaceous "crumpet catcher" with a V12, sexy leather interior, fully restored and an instant converted drop top from top up, and you are Austin Powers all over again...Yeah Baby!
This curvy exterior was totally stripped, remediated of any rust that has accumulated on the body work, and resprayed with Old English White that has no rust or dullness and is near immaculate. It shines wonderfully and the steel panels retain their consistent gaps. Nice thin wrap around bumpers in very good condition adorn the front and rear. These have their federally mandated 5 MPH crash bumpers, however they can easily be removed for a cleaner look. A side view is candy for the eyes as the line in this car is unmatched. 15-inch wire wheels with knockoff hubs are wrapped with wider than stock 225/70R15 General blackwall radials (no Avons here!).
The consigner stated that a full restoration to the Wine interior has taken place also, and all is looking good. New Wine leather covers the sleek door panels with nary a mark to be seen which is amazing as access and egress can be tight in these sports cars. Leather seats are like new and show just a few wrinkles from careful usage. On the dash we note Smiths gauges with black bezels that have very minor paint chipping. In the center of the dash is a lineup of gauges showing battery volts, oil pressure, a central clock, water temp, and petrol level. Below this lineup is a bevy of toggle switches that control all the electrics on the car and just below is an AM/FM/8 Track player. Up top is a crack free black padded dash topper. More wine, in a lighter shade for the carpet and padded door sills which both remain like new with only some minor soiling from entrance and exit.
Pulling the bonnet forward we can reveal the entire engine bay and front suspension and have unlimited access to all areas. Neatly inside is an original and restored 5.3 liter V12 engine, which is fed by 4 Stromberg Zenith Carburetors, 2 on either side of the V12. An original 4-speed manual transmission is on back which has been gone through and has had a new clutch installed, and the rear axle sports 3.54 gears. All surfaces display like new with almost no patina, dust or corrosion.
Looking good underneath with rust free components, and nice straight steel frame and floor pans. There is some surface rust on untreated suspension components but all else is looking good with black undercoating. Independent coil spring suspension is all around, as are power disc brakes. Dual stainless steel exhaust snakes its way rearway before ending in 4 trumpet style tips in the center of the rear of the car.
I'm a sucker for anything British so of course I had my hand in the air to test drive this beauty, and I was totally satisfied upon my return from the test track. After a full choke start, and half choke warmup, it ran just beautifully, with loads of top end power, nice ride, and good cornering. The V12 has a sound like no other, and it was definitely a head turner. Nearly like driving a piece of sculpture, a very pleasant overall experience will all functions working save for the A/C, which our consignor states needs to be recharged.
A beautiful example indeed, all wrapped up in stunning white paint and wine leather which retain their luxurious luster. A pristine engine bay, great suspension, and really safe brakes. A nice find if you are in the market for some shag-a-licious Jaguar iconic British design of the rubber bumper era. I want a Jagwah!
1S24888-Sequential Unit Number (Chassis Number)
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