When I was a kid, one of my biggest joys was when the family would make a trek to the store where I could buy a new car model. I preferred the Revell models, but Monogram had some good ones too. While I pine for those days sitting at the dining room table- spread with yesterday’s newspaper- and spending hours carefully cutting tiny injection molded parts off of the trees and assembling them into a 1/25th-scale interpretation of the objects of my obsession. But that doesn’t mean I’d pay $12,000 to do the same thing today with the full-size version.
Nineteen sixty seven was the last full year of the series 1 E-Type, recognizable by its covered headlamps and tall-pot SU carburetors. By this time, most of the kinks had been worked out of the design, and the sturdier Moss box and 4.2-litre six make the car a very capable high-speed tourer.
This particular E is a long way from high-speed anything, and while the seller claims most everything is extant, there’s a patina to all the parts that gives the impression multiple dogs have been using it as a territorial marking point. Really big dogs.
In excellent shape Series 1 E roadsters, go for one hundred-grand plus, but this build-a-bear pile-o-parts will take nearly that to put it in concours condition. And that’s if the rust weevil hasn’t decimated the body, as it appears it may have.
Some people like a challenge, and there is nothing, and I mean nothing, more rewarding than slipping behind the wheel of an E-type, snicking the 8 ball-topped shift lever into first and pointing the long, low hood toward some twisties. But this may be too daunting a project for the average garage restorer, and sending the car off to a professional shop means pretty much doubling the cost of resurrection. That makes the twelve grand asking price seem a bit high. Like 4-times too high.
Check it out, see what you think. There would be a certain sense of satisfaction in sorting through that pile of parts and taking the first step towards E-Type nirvana, but this one comes at a hefty price, and you’d need a pretty damn big dining room table.
1967 Jaguar E-Type on eBay
Hat tip to JeepyJayhawk!