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1R25974), Light Blue (Glasurit # JAG-507 - first year this color was
available) / Dark blue leather & carpeting, 46,380
indicated miles (believed original), 4-spd. manual trans. This Jaguar E-type was purchased by Dr. Don Pruitt, a Louisville
physician, on 10/29/1969 from Koster-Swope Imports in Louisville, KY. Dr. Pruitt has been a longtime client of my company
and has maintained homes here in Evansville, IN and Lexington, KY over the years. I have recently spoken to him about this
vehicle and obtained some history and background about the original purchase and subsequent owners. He related that in
he was living in Louisville, KY and dating his (now) wife, and at the
time was driving a 1968 Corvette convertible. He
visiting his girlfriend and her parents and left in their vehicle to
run an errand. As he drove by the Jaguar dealership he
spotted this XKE coupe and pulled into the lot. He and a salesman struck a deal for the XKE and the dealership took his
on trade without even seeing it. He left and returned to his
girlfriends parents house and the dealership delivered
the Jaguar to him there later in the day. He related that under his ownership the XKE was never damaged or painted and
always dealer serviced. He used it as a daily driver for about 4
years. The next owners were Ronald and Roberta
Brown, who purchased the Jaguar from Dr. Pruitt sometime in the summer of 1973, with 35,528 miles. The XKE was
owned by the Browns until 08/28/1976, when it was purchased by Richard Shipley of Evansville, IN for $4,500.00. We
recently learned that Mr. Shipley is currently living locally, and have spoken to him about his ownership! He actually
stopped by the shop and looked over the car very carefully in person - he remembers the car well and related to me that
he replaced all of the rubber gaskets on the car, and had routine maintenance performed as needed - including a new
clutch and carbeurator rebuild. He sold the car for $20,000 12/11/995 to the most recent owner, Dr. Sloan, who passed
in 2017. It remained in his care until his recent passing.
Dr. Sloan drove the vehicle on a regular basis and there
are a large stack of DMV registrations and service receipts to document ownership. We have the Jaguar Heritage
- which verifies the authenticity of this Jaguar! All of the documentation and research shows that this
Jaguar is correctly presented today as it was assembled in 1969.
The documentation of this vehicle is extremely impressive, and it is rare to find an example that, through 4 owners, has
remained within 100 miles of where it was originally purchased 48 year ago. We have had the vehicle serviced and
inspected at Foreign Performance by a local marque specialist at a cost of over $3,600.00. July 2017 the vehicle
received a complete fluid and filter change, both carbs were rebuilt with new floats, and the ignition and brake systems
were serviced. August 2017 it receieved a new voltage regulator, alternator, relay, dash re-wire and clutch slave cyl.
This Jaguar XKE was lovingly cared for by it's most recent physician owner, was always garaged under his ownership. The
engine, trans and factory options are all original and correct to this
XKE. The paint on this Jaguar appears original,
some possible paintwork on the bonnet. The paint is excellent and
has a beautiful deep shine. The glass is original
and very nice with only light wiper marks on what appear to be the original windshield. The interior is exceptionally nice
and the carpeting, headliner and interior trim are all excellent. The chrome is original and does not appear to have been
This XKE starts easily, even cold, and drives very well. While it
is not in national show condition, it is
and would make a perfect driver or a great basis for a complete and
total restoration. Photos will give
you a better idea of the condition of this vehicle, so please request and review them!
Heritage Certificate Report #49417 Information:
Make & Model: Jaguar E-type Series II 4.2L coupe
Body Style: Fixed Head Coupe, two-seater, left hand drive
Date of Manufacture: 18 March 1969
Chassis #: 1R 25974
Engine #: 7R 4597-9
Body #: 4R 21186
Gearbox #: KE 5759
Ext. Paint Color: Light Blue
Interior Trim Color: Dark Blue
Original Distributor: British Leyland, New York, USA
Original Dealer: Koster-Swope Imports in Louisville, KY
Date of Dispatch: 23 April 1969
First Owner: Dr. Don Pruitt, Louisville, KY
Registration Mark: n/a
Original factory options include:
4 speed manual transmission
Air-conditioning & Heater
Chrome wire wheels
Back up lights
Tachometer & clock
Included with this vehicle:
Good service and maintenance history from 11/1977
Ownership history from new delivery, incl. metal registration / owners plate
Factory books and manuals, service and warranty booklets and other workshop manuals, parts catalogs, etc.
Original radio and trim surround, lots of extra parts, seals, gaskets and the original jack and leather pouch.
Second set of factory wire wheels mounted with Dunlop SP Sport tires
Jaguar Heritage certificate
Video interview with original owner
XKE Series II Production: 1969-1970 (all markets)
OTS - 8,627
FHC - 4,855
2+2 - 5,326
2-door coupe body type, unitary steel monocoque w/ front steel subframe
Jaguar E-Type chain driven DOHC 4.2 Litre inline 6 cyl. (9.0:1 compression ratio)
Front mounted longitudinal Iron block with aluminium heads, two valves per cylinder
Spark ignition Lucas distributor and coil, dual Stromberg carbs and electric fuel pump
Bore: 3.62 in | 92 mm. x Stroke : 4.17 in | 106 mm.
RWD, manual 4-speed gearbox, optional automatic (2+2 only)
Horsepower: 265 @ 5,500/5,400 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Fuel consumption average: 17.9 mpg
Fuel capacity: 64 liter / 16.9 U.S. gallons
Length: 4,455 mm / 175.375 in.
Width: 66 inches
Height: 48/51 inches
Wheelbase: 2,438 mm / 96 in
Reference weights: base curb weight: 1,250 kg / 2,756 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 1,380 kg / 3,042 lbs
Weight and front / rear distribution: 49.5% front, 50.5% rear.
Wheelbase: 8 ft, front track 4 ft 2 in, rear track 4 ft 2 in, length 14 ft 7 in, width 5 ft 6 in, height 4.25 ft.
Front suspension: fully independent – unequal length A-arms, torsion bars, tube shocks, anti-roll bar.
Rear suspension: fully independent – transverse tubular and
trailing links, twin coil springs and telescopic dampers each side,
Brakes: hydraulic with vacuum servo.
Front: Dunlop Disc, 11 in. diameter, swept area 242 sq. in.
Rear: Dunlop Disc (inboard), 10 in. diameter, swept area 219 sq. in. (340 sq. in. per ton laden).
Steering: rack and pinion
Clutch: Borg & Beck dry plate
Hypoid bevel rear differential
Tires and wheels: Dunlop 6.40 x I6 RS5 on 72-spoke knock off wires
0-60 MPH - 7.0 seconds
Top speed - 149 MPH
The XKE Series 2 (1968
- 1971) introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S.
design legislation. The most distinctive exterior feature is the
absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other
imported cars, like the Citroen DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this
retrograde step was applied worldwide for the E-Type, not just to
Americans living under the authority of the National Highway Traffic
and Safety Administration.
The Series 2 4.2-liter cars that were sold for 1969, 1970 and into 1971
were distinguished with larger front marker lamps and taillamps below
raised bumpers, added side marker lamps, forward-set headlamps and a
larger air inlet "mouth." Safety considerations also meant that,
following 1968's rocker switch substitution, the steering column was
made collapsible and headrests were added. A steeper-raked windshield
on 2+2 models brought more glass but fewer (only two) windshield
wipers. A glovebox door on all models (formerly only on 2+2s),
perforated leather upholstery and newly optional power steering
improved interior accommodations. New seats were fitted which
allowed the fitment of head restraints, as required by U.S. law
beginning in 1969. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned;
rocker switches that met US health and safety regulations were
substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their
symmetrical layout. Air conditioning and power steering were
available as factory options.
Under the bonnet of all U.S.-spec Series 2 E-types, two
emissions-friendly Zenith-Stromberg 175 CD2SE carburetors, along with
other new pollution-reducing controls, meant the cars made a bit less
power: 246hp at 5,500 RPM and 263-lbs ft of torque at 3,000 RPM. These
long-legged Jags still had plenty of poke, though, with the
automatic-equipped 2+2 reaching 100 MPH in 22.7 seconds. The
engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished
cam covers to a more industrial "ribbed" appearance. It was de-tuned in
the US with twin Strombergs and larger valve clearances, but in the UK
retained triple SUs and the much tighter valve clearances. (Series 1.5
cars also had ribbed cam covers). This detuned engine produced 245 hp
(183 kW), a drop of 20 hp.
Sports car enthusiasts are typically divided on which generation of
E-Type they prefer, but most agree that the Series 1 cars are the
sportiest and purest in design. Although some gravitate towards the
flat-floor 1961s, "The most popular E-Types are the [4.2-liter]
1965-1967s," says Jason Len, owner of XKs Unlimited. "But the things
that make them better--the transmission, cooling system and brakes--can
all be upgraded on the 3.8, too."
The Jaguar Club of North America is an excellent resource for new
E-type owners, as explained by longtime JCNA board member Tom Krefetz.
"Everything JCNA does is to inform and support members, maintain
judging standards and promote Jaguar's heritage. The E-type got a lot
of press for its 50th anniversary, and it's woken up the world to what
a great car it is," he says; "It's become more valuable and
sought-after, as it should be--it's a unique design that was so ahead
of its time."
Jaguar built E-type bodies wholly of 20-gauge mild sheet steel, and
those complex monocoques make serious rust repair a complex job. Brian
Donovan of Donovan Motorcar Service says, "I tell customers that the
condition of the bodywork is the most important factor in finding an
E-type. Repair work can make a car look good, but if it's not done
properly, you've got a problem, because most body shops don't know the
intricacies of these cars." He notes that rust in the sills, the sill
stiffeners and end plates, and in the floorpans causes structural
weakness, and that front and rear body alignment must be kept in spec.
"The front frame can also rust from the inside, causing the side
members to crack," Brian adds; "Coupes are stronger because their
floors and inner sills last longer."
Rust doesn't mean an E-type is junkyard fodder, though. "Body parts are
available for all series of E-types," says Tom Krefetz, owner of E-type
specialist firm Classic Showcase. "Reproduction body parts are
typically good. Martin Robey, the main supplier in the U.K., has all of
the original jigs and sheetmetal tooling."
The fact that six-cylinder E-types were built in the era before
electronics came into widespread use means that their interiors are
simple to restore back to original specifications. A number of
specialists offer kits to renew the leather seating, vinyl interior
panels and the carpeting. Parts availability is very good, although
there are a few issues for the purist. Tom explains: "On 1961-early
1962 [cars], they used a special dot pattern for the aluminum console
trim; that was then changed to a cross-hatch pattern, and the early
tooling has never been duplicated like the later was. If you're going
for 100-percent originality, you may not be able to make a perfect car,
but it's acceptably close."
Later cars' factory-optional air conditioning is very effective, thanks
to its powerful Tecumseh compressor. Custom components often increase
comfort and usability, like Welsh Enterprises' OEM-style 15-inch
diameter wood steering wheel. "It has a thicker grip and is one inch
smaller, so you don't bump your knees when you get in," adds David
Welsh of Welsh Enterprises.
The long-lived, much-loved XK six-cylinder engine is a very highly
regarded unit, regardless of displacement. The 3.8-liter version is
prized for its raw, revvy nature, while the 4.2-liter version is
torquier and has a more relaxed disposition. Both are very sturdy units
that can be bored and sleeved as necessary, and virtually all
mechanical components needed to keep an XK engine running are available
today. The E-type's reputation for overheating came from tired cooling
systems; fitting a high-efficiency aluminum radiator with upgraded fans
and thermostat will guarantee cool running in every condition.
Electrical gremlins, if present, can be sorted with a bit of time and
The 3.8 and 4.2 respond well to performance modifications, and while
the Series 3 V-12 can be taken further in terms of ultimate power, the
compact six-cylinder engine allows for more nimble handling. Today's
ethanol-laced gasoline has less of a chance of eating into Welsh
Enterprises' galvanized version of the stock steel gas tank.
The E-type used three transmissions in its first decade: the Moss
four-speed manual with an unsynchronized first gear (1961-1963); the
fully-synchronized Jaguar four-speed manual (1964-1970); and the
Borg-Warner Model 8 three-speed automatic (2+2, 1966-1970). While the
Moss unit has a reputation for being stiff and a bit clunky, all of
these gearboxes are notably durable, and parts are readily available
should a rebuild be required.
Manual transmission clutch engagement can feel heavy to the
uninitiated, and clutch replacement, if required, is an engine-out job.
Automatics are known to leak, and may require new seals. A five-speed
manual, sold in kit form, is a surprisingly simple and pleasant
substitution that improves performance and fuel economy. "We carry one
based on the Cosworth, and it's specifically designed and built for
these cars," David notes. "You have to recalibrate the speedometer and
alter the driveshaft, but other than that, it bolts right in."
Aiding traction, a sturdy limited-slip rear differential was standard equipment on all E-types.
Brakes and Suspension
Part of the E-type's advanced nature was its fully independent
suspension and racing-derived four-wheel disc brakes, the rears,
located inboard, on either side of the differential, to reduce unsprung
weight. Steering was by rack and pinion. The sub-frame mounted front
suspension's transverse upper and lower wishbones, torsion bars,
Girling Monotube shocks and anti-roll bar and the cage-mounted rear
suspension's lower wishbones, radius arms, two coil spring-over-tube
shocks per side and a rear anti-roll bar combined to give this Jaguar a
remarkable combination of supple ride and sharp handling.
Stock suspension and brake components are all a phone call away, and
upgraded components are readily available, too. The suspension cage
design limits the ultimate size of rear discs that will fit, but
sharper handling can come from fitting urethane bushings, and
rust-proof stainless steel caliper pistons can be retrofitted to cars
that aren't regularly driven to prolong brake system life.
Picks: Overall an outstanding example of a 1969 E-type Jaguar. It could be a great driver / local show car
or the basis for a full restoration and serious national show circuit contender. It drives very well and all of the
electronics function as designed. The exterior is extremely clean with no real mentionable paint flaws and we
have found no signs of rust. The exterior chrome is excellent and shows no pitting. The interior upholstery,
seats and carpeting and are extremely nice with no signs of wear. The engine compartment is clean and
detailed to a high standard, and the wire rims are in very nice condition, showing no corrosion. The car runs
and drives very well - fast and smooth! It has just been inspected and serviced by a marque specialist at
Foreign Performance. The mileage indicated is believed to be original and draws a crowd each time it is
taken out. Ready to be enjoyed - if the new owner is going to drive the car more than just around town I
would recommend a new set of tires, and the a/c system would need to be converted to R12 and re-charged.
There are a lot of photos, including the undercarriage, that will show the condition of the car, so please
request and review them! Nothing else to reasonably fault!
Numerical Condition Evaluation:
(1 denotes Very Poor / Item needs replacement, 10 denotes Excellent / Showroom New)
CONV. TOP: n/a
WINDSHIELD / GLASS: 9
INT. CARPETING: 9
SERVICE RECORDS / OWNERSHIP HISTORY: 8.5
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