This numbers matching, totally rust-free, blue plate California E-type in fabulous driver condition presents an exciting opportunity to enter the world of E-type ownership. The car was sorted by the last owner to be a weekend canyon carver in Orange County and I can attest personally that it tackles those curvy canyon roads with gusto. The car has only been repainted once in its original Regency Red. In addition to regular, documented no expense spared maintenance, this fixed head coupe has benefitted from a number of desirable upgrades within the last 3,000 miles. A dual accelerator cable system by Mangoletsi has been installed for improved accelerator feel. Additionally, the car has been converted to triple SU carburetors. Included are the original intake and dual Strombergs. To stop this very fast E-type, Wilwood front brakes and calipers have been installed as well. To further enhance the driving characteristics, a set of Dunlop-style light-weight alloy wheels with true knock-off center hubs were installed. Last, a new stainless sports exhaust makes for one of *the* most storied driving experiences. All maintenance and upgrades were done by a respected Jaguar specialist in Orange County. In all, we have shop receipts for those upgrades for over $15,000. Last on the list for the previous owner was to treat the car to new paint. His plans changed, however, as he decided to move back to Europe. The repaint still has deep shine and gloss, but there are check marks and crazing throughout the now 30-year old paint, as well as some chips and scratches. The crazing, which is stable and does not affect the paint's main purpose of protecting the coachwork, is predominantly on the leading edge of the nose and the on the roof. In its current state, the car has taken on a fantastic survivor patina of sorts. It looks amazing out on the road, where this E-type truly belongs. The chrome on the car is very strong, rubber seals recent and flexible, all glass is in good shape. The interior needs some attention at some point in the future. The seats have been recovered with an incorrect leather without the headrests. The door cards were replaced with an earlier style door card and the center console was replaced with one of the rare hatch mark aluminum ones from 1962. On the plus side, the black vinyl surfaces in the interior are excellent with no rips or losses. The headliner is original. We considered making the corrections to the interior, but are holding off on that in view of being able to offer this sorted, wonderfully driving, never-apart and rust-free blue-plate E-type for very smart money. A quick study of the E-type Series 2 FHC market shows that the next owner will easily have a $30-35k margin to make whatever improvements he or she wishes. Personally, I say keep the car as is and enjoy it out on the road. It is plenty gorgeous in its current condition, longs to be driven, and does not mind an occasional rock chip. Price: $57,500 Notes: The car does come with its original headrests, its original Phillips radio and electric antenna in excellent condition, and the rare removable passenger footwell board that is never present. Receipts going back to 1998 accompany the car, as does its original owner's manual, a service book and chart in the original Jaguar pouch. The manual and the pouch have the signature of the proud first owner. In addition, we have its Jaguar Heritage Certificate showing correct colors, and matching engine and transmission numbers. The car has had three owners in all. The last two photos show the car where it last lived in California and as it is being picked up by our transport. California blue plates were issued starting in 1969 and stay with the car they are registered with, if the car stays in California, even if ownership changes hands. Proof thus, of a car that has always lived in California.
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