BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

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This 1968 Jaguar XKE Roadster is a Series 1.5 example finished in Dark Blue over a matching leather interior. It was reportedly a longtime Arizona car prior to the selling dealer’s acquisition in 2015. Notable recent work included a professional repaint in the factory color, as well as the fitment of a replacement convertible top. Power is supplied by the matching-numbers 4.2-liter DOHC inline-six, which is paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Approximately 500 miles have been driven in the past three years. Now showing an indicated 84,500 miles, this XKE is being offered with a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate and a clear Utah title.

The finish was reportedly worn and tired when the seller acquired the car in 2015, and they subsequently commissioned a repaint in the original dark blue. Close-ups of various panels and gaps have been provided in the gallery below. According to the seller, this car is one of just 2,479 left-hand drive Series 1.5 Roadsters produced.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

A full set of chrome wire wheels have been retained, including the spare, along with a set of 3-lobe knockoffs. A set of Coker red stripe tires were installed sometime prior to 2015.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

Trimmed in the factory dark blue leather over a matching carpet, the cabin also features an unrestored wood-rimmed wheel and updated stereo. Instrumentation includes a 160-mph speedometer and a 5,500 rpm tachometer. Toggle switches on the dash control lights and interior functions. 84,500 miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

The 4.2-liter inline-six was rated at 245 horsepower for the US-market and comes equipped with dual Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. Is it paired with a synchronized 4-speed gearbox, and the last reported service included an oil change.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

Stamping 7E14761-9 is shown above and matches the Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, confirming the engine as original.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

New floorpan sections for the driver and passenger side have been installed, and additional lift photos are provided in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 Roadster

The included Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate lists October 26, 1967 as the manufacture date and shows that the car was imported to the US when new.

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