Offered for sale is a gorgeous 1967 Jaguar E-Type OTS finished in perpetually tasteful and era specific Primrose over black leather. This is an extremely straight, original example that’s always been lovingly taken care of, a testament to the survivability of these cars provided they’re properly looked after. Frankly, it’s hard for me to understand why there aren’t more wonderfully original cars like this – the E-Type, especially the Series I Roadster, is so strikingly beautiful, so timelessly elegant, so thoroughly enjoyable to drive that it doesn’t stand to reason that more of them haven’t been cared for with the same respect that this car’s prior owners obviously exercised.
This is a not a “time-capsule” car, and no, it isn’t the subject of one of those dubious stories about a car that was stored in a temperature controlled garage since 1972. Instead, this is a car that has been enjoyed in moderation (we feel as though the 54k miles on the odometer are probably original) throughout its life, properly maintained and garaged, with replacements or refurbishments taking place as needed. As such, what we have here is an incredibly honest, numbers matching, rust-free example, and when coupled with the fact that this is the last of the Series I XKEs with the desirable 4.2L engine, it’d be difficult to say that this car doesn’t have everything going for it.
Primrose is a timeless color. Leave it to Jaguar to offer yellow, but make it the most refined, unobtrusive yellow imaginable. Depending on the light, it can look very pale or quite vibrant, but it’s always, always classy. This car was at some point repainted in its original color (verified to be Primrose) and while it’s obviously not a show car and does have its minor imperfections, as the pictures show the car is exceedingly presentable. There’s never an occasion when driving this car that it doesn’t get positive comments, thumbs ups or requests for pictures.
All of the panel fits and gaps are excellent and the undercarriage is original and unmolested. The chrome bumpers have been refinished at some point, but the rest of the brightwork is in great original condition, as is the original glass. The soft top was replaced with a German material top recently, which is in perfect condition and in most peoples’ opinion looks better on the car than the original Everflex material. The original wire wheels are wrapped in brand new red wall tires. The car’s interior is in remarkable condition, considering that it’s entirely original, (with the exception of a modern CD/Radio head unit). Seats, interior panels, dash and carpets are all completely presentable, exhibiting only minimal wear, indicative of a car that’s been lovingly looked after for 45 years.
Mechanically the car is in fantastic condition, the renowned 4.2L Inline 6 Cylinder with triple SU carburetors starting easily, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of its gears. The car is joy to drive, providing grin-inducing power and that distinctive Jaguar roar when asked, cruising comfortably and civilly when not, and offering a wonderfully visceral 1960’s sports car experience throughout. Further, the car handles as it should and drives and brakes straight and forcefully.
This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an incredibly solid, very original, beautifully presented example of the final year Series I E-Type. While early cars bring the most money, late Series I cars are second on the valuation list, with some examples bringing as much as the high $100ks. This car, however, is being offered very reasonably with the hopes that it will go to another owner who will covet and enjoy it for years to come.