Should I buy my cousin's 1969 Jaguar XKE?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by DeadlyBananaDog, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    No, I do also.
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  2. Motornoggin

    Motornoggin Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Add one more to that list.

    The roadsters are worth more $, but the coupes are a better car and better looking IMHO.
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  3. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Looks like you have lots of company, but I prefer the convertible.
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  4. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    One of my Dr.s recently had a coupe. He had it redone with a 5.0. It looked great full black, including the wire wheels.
    His wife made him sell it. "Get a Hybrid" she said.
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  5. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    What the hell guys, 2 year old thread and no one has asked for pictures?

    ...Of the cousin!
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  6. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Had I know that then, I would have 20 of those, plus every Chevelle SS and old Vette I could have bought in 1975 for under 2 grand. I would be a millionaire now.
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  7. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    So he could have swapped her for a silicone-enhanced model and claimed in divorce court that that's what she told him to do.
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  8. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    Well I just PMd the OP, we'll see if they will update.
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  9. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    so did the OP buy the XKE rdster?
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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    This is as close to me ever owning one:

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    :cry
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  11. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Nope.


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  12. _cy_

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    very nice 4.2 coupe! does this have the covered headlights?
    can't tell from the pic's .. is this a two seater coupe or 2+2?

    most desirable were the 66-67 XKE 4.2 Roadsters with covered headlights. early XKE 3.8 coupes were desirable too.

    does yours have the triple SU carbs or dual Strombergs? in proper tune these old XKE were deceptively fast .. not so much in raw acceleration compared to muscles cars of that era..

    still one of the most beautiful cars ever made!!!
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  13. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Who you talkin’ to?
    The one going on the car hauler is a ‘67, last year for the covered headlights. Yes, triple SU carbs on a 4.2L six. If I recall correctly they were as fast or maybe faster than the Corvettes of the same era & just about as quick.
    And it is a 2+2 but IMO doesn’t look so fat in black. Never had any electrical problems. Not sure what I’m gonna do with it.
    I bolted that big piece of angle on it to tow it over there years ago. Needs an engine :cry but I have one to put in it.

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  14. _cy_

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    66/67 were the most desirable years .. last of the series one with covered headlights and larger 4.2 motor. earlier 3.8 were actually faster.

    same era corvetts, especially 427 vettes were much faster in terms of raw acceleration. but XKE were no slouch in performance. they were deceptively quick .. had a nice tuned sound vs raw V-8 rumble of muscles cars of that era ..

    I've overhauled a butt load of those early SU carbs ... used to be really into XKE and British sports cars in general .. I've had XKE V-12 Roadster with 5sp for quite some time.

    but my favorite is a 1956 Austin Healey 100-4 .. what a blast to drive!! was my main transportation for a number of years.
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  15. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    256 cubic inch six vs 427 or 396 cubic inch V8? No question about that. I was only comparing the E-Type to the more run of the 327 Vetts. Just a generalization, didn’t want to pick at the subject.
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  16. _cy_

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    all E types were fast and handled good. but this was the era of the muscle cars .. and there were some blazing fast muscle cars back then.

    what's wrong with you current engine? XKE had independent suspension with disc brakes all the way around. they truly were near the top in performance without getting into Ferrari prices.
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  17. 68deluxe

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    Did the OP ever say if it was a 6 or 12 banger? I worked with one guy in the 70's who was a british car nut. He had a 6 cylinder ragtop.
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  18. _cy_

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    69 E type are all 4.2 six cylinder .. V-12 E type first year was 1971 .. V-12 E type looked no where near good as 66-67 series one XKE. had more power, but much heavier. .. still pretty cool jetting around in a V-12 Rdstr..
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