When you think of British handmade cars, the first word that doesn’t come to mind is “reliability”. But that’s OK, not every car has to be reliable so long as it’s arrow hits you in the heart and you can’t do without it. Sure, a Toyota Corolla may be unbelievably reliable, but it’s the kind of car you might not just forget where you park it, but whether you’ve ever even owned it
Take for example this stunning silver Jaguar XKE Series II. I have no idea if it’s reliable or not. That’s not why one owns a car like this. One owns it because it’s a rolling piece of art and it’s automotive seduction. This, coming from a people not particularly known for their passion. So that’s saying something.
Looking at the rear 1/3 of the car, one might think of the automotive and industrial designs a generation earlier. I mean that in a good way. To me, it’s just spectacular. It always did intrigue me, however that the entire front half of the car is hood (sorry, bonnet) and fenders. You’d think they crammed a inline-16 under there instead of a 4.2 liter inline-6. That 6 could put out 265 HP and 283 lb-ft of torque which propelled this little bullet to a top speed of 150 mph and from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. Not so impressive today, but those were good numbers at the time.
This clean-title, silver over black interior, manual transmission example has an asking price of $65,000. It is in beautiful condition and is said by the seller to have 18,000 miles, after having been in a private collection for a good number of years. Peruse the photos and see if this one won’t put an arrow in your heart.
For more information you can see the original listing on craigslist and contact the seller HERE