I took Goldie and the “half-mine” trailer over to Lake Stevens today to help my friend Paul pick up a non-running 1963 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe (Paul owns the other half of the trailer–I think mine is the right half).
It’s an interesting car, the bonnet is fairly rough but there doesn’t seem to be much rust in it–the car came out of California to the rainy northwest 20 years ago. Originally the coupe was a light metallic blue. Lots of money was spent rebuilding the engine, though that was 15 years ago now.
I think it’s going to run without too much trouble…unfortunately, everything cosmetic needs to be done, which is not an inconsiderable cost. Be fun to run it as a scruffy driver, though. Sitting in it, I’m a bit concerned about fitting into my flat-floor roadster, as the footwells really do add a fair amount of room, as does the indented bulkhead behind the seats. I guess we’ll see.
I’d really, really like to own a FHC again. I swear I’d do what I could to rust/waterproof the car and drive it as my daily driver. Paul bought this car to make some money (he was offered $3,000 more than he paid just on the ferry ride home) so I doubt this one will end up in my “collection.” (There’s also minor issues with having actual cash on hand as well, but that’s just details.)
It’s funny, these cars are still around and about, lurking in garages and what-not. Unfortunately, most owners believe they’re sitting on gold rather than asking a fair price, it’s nice to see the occasional “bargain.”