View Full Version : OT - Terrifying XKE on Ebay

03-27-2009, 11:18 AM
Look at the pictures carefully - makes that TR4 at the LA dealer look solid.

But what a ride...

Bit of a project (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1970-XKE-E-Type-4-2-Coupe-4spd_W0QQitemZ120388659757QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Ca rs_Trucks?hash=item120388659757&_trksid=p4506.c0.m 245&_trkparms=65%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318)

03-27-2009, 12:42 PM
Dear oh dear... As soon as I saw the first of the interior pix a ~smell~ came to my brain. "Old English Car Interior" came back in a FLOOD of sensory overload! That poor thing is gonna take a LOT of dedication to pull it back from the precipice. YEARS as a "private project" car.

It appears to be all there though, and it seems the condition is not misrepresented. But it'll take bushel baskets full of C-notes to make it well again.


03-27-2009, 12:54 PM
You could almost see a path to just driving the darn thing for a couple of years since it it going to need to be totally stripped. Dip/soak the whole care in a huge vat of rust converter and get some miles in.....


03-27-2009, 12:55 PM
Black hole comes to mind. Can you imagine the unexposed rot?

Geo Hahn
03-27-2009, 01:16 PM
Seen better... driven worse.

03-27-2009, 03:01 PM
Seen better... driven worse.

Hi Geo - you know, I think that is a good point. I mean, sure, we all know there is a ton of work there waiting to be addressed. Sure, cubic dollars are going to be required. But you know what, I bet you could get her running and have a ton of fun before you addressed any of that. And isn't that really the idea?

03-27-2009, 05:43 PM
XKE's and Big Healey's get big bucks no matter what shape they are in. And then you need the big bucks to restore them properly. As much as I love both of those cars, I'll take my TR6 driver any day :driving:

03-27-2009, 06:05 PM
Katrina? Ivan? Sure looks like salt water flood damage. Bet that car smells something awful :smile:

03-27-2009, 06:10 PM
Interesting project. Reminds me I need to get a tetanus shot.

03-27-2009, 07:13 PM
Interesting project. Reminds me I need to get a tetanus shot.

That made me laugh out loud....excellent.

03-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Had an XKE, great cars, but like most LBC's exposed rot indicates major issues. The trunk area put me off most...there are stress points on the front frame/suspension prone to rot that can lead to real driving problems you can't deal with unless repaired and that level of rot where a frame doesn't exist ain't a driver for long.

03-27-2009, 09:21 PM
The front subframe can rot too, and if it does car is probably not safe to drive, I drove a very rusty MGB GT in college, but that Jag may not be fit to drive. But I do agree there many cars out there that may be "a lot of work and money" to make right, but you can still have a lot of fun driving them around for a few years.

03-28-2009, 05:53 PM
Once knew a guy who raced an old Alfa Giulietta... He welded both doors shut. That way the tech guys couldn't inadvertently open both at the same time, necessitating use of a floorjack & 2x4 amidships to get 'em both closed again. :shocked:

"Flexible Flyer"!!! :jester: