If this E-Type looks familiar to you, then you might have a copy of our 2013 calendar hanging on your garage wall. This 1963 Jaguar XKE was February’s featured find and there is a good story behind it. The guys over at Luxury Brokers International dug this one up in Philadelphia. Read the tale in their own words below.
If you have had the pleasure of reading one of Tom Cotter’s books about the amazing barn find stories revealing big block Shelby Cobra’s and pre-war Mercedes-Benz’s, you would know that hidden treasures can be discovered in the most unlikely places. Although we did not find a 540K, we did discover two special little sports cars that provide the basis for our own unique story…
Based out of Philadelphia, we are always on the hunt for interesting, neglected cars, often peering down alleyways on the verge of rear ending another driver while being caught in the dense Philadelphia traffic. However, the lead for this particular discovery came from a friend who received a call from an elderly gentleman explaining how he had some old Jags he expressed interest in selling. We immediately raced down to the rough, crime prone, Kensington section of the city where lo and behold stood a 1963 Jaguar XKE paired with a 1955 XK-140 MC!
Thirty years of dust and grime covered each car with clear signs of rusting present from improper storage. None the less, we purchased these two project cars only to find out that the E-Type is rare in that it came black with black interior and tinted glass from the factory. The 140 was also rare in its own right with matching MC engine, factory grey with red interior, and overdrive. This goes to show you that even in densely populated, urban settings there are still a few gems to be resurrected from a deep slumber.
Thanks for sharing this one with us guys. We look forward to reading more about the XK140 in November and hope you will keep us updated on any new discoveries.