During the second year of production, the Jaguar XKE would receive a few slight changes. One of the most important changes to come to the 1962 Jaguar XKE Convertible and Fixed Head Coupe was the introduction of dished floor pans to replace the previously flat ones, which resulted in an increase in interior leg and foot room. The Convertible would also receive a new special option in the form of a hardtop. If you’re buying a 1962 Jaguar XKE Convertible, finding one with the original hardtop can increase the value. These early models are fitted with the 3.8L six-cylinder engine that was previously used in the XK150 and were available with a four-speed manual transmission. It would not be until 1964 that Jaguar would move to the 4.2L engine. It is estimated that 6,253 Jaguar XKE models were made during 1961, of which 2,749 were XKE Convertible models. If you’re looking to buy a 1962 Jaguar XKE Convertible, you’ll find that many of these earliest models have been restored and vary from fair to pristine condition.
Series I Jaguar XKE Convertibles, with their covered headlights and original styling, are the most valuable of the XKE lineup. Very early examples with flat floors, outside bonnet latches and quality restoration usually fetch a premium. It is important to note that restoring a classic Jaguar XKE can be quite costly, and like other classic cars, you are best suited to buy the very best car you can within your budget rather than going with one in need of complete restoration. Parts are generally easy to come by, but there can be a lot of parts needed. A lot of labor will be needed, particularly in the body department. Rust is the major concern with the 1962 Jaguar XKE Convertible and other XKE models, particularly because of their monocoque construction, where the body shell doubles as the structure. Some of the most rust-prone areas on the XKE are under the rear fenders, along the sills, under the spare tire and under the carpets on the floor pan. While some rust should not deter you from purchasing an XKE, understanding the extent of any rust is imperative. As with all classics, be sure to ask for documentation regarding ownership history, maintenance and repair records, as well as any documentation on restoration.
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