During the late 1960s, the United States brought about stricter safety and emissions regulations that would change the way many European cars were designed. Because a large portion of Jaguar sales took place in the U.S., making these changes was a necessity for the brand’s continued success. Rather than implement all the changes required by United States safety and emissions regulations at once, Jaguar chose to gradually begin implementing changes beginning in 1967. The 1968 Jaguar E Type saw many of these changes, while the Series 2 cars, launched in 1969, would receive all changes. These 1967 and 1968 models that are known to have bridged the gap between the Series 1 and Series 2 cars, are unofficially called the Series 1 ½ cars. Some of the changes that would be implemented include the elimination of sloping glass over the headlights, changes to the intake manifold and carburetors, new cam covers, rocker switches would replace toggle switches, and a collapsible steering column. Some of these changes could be found on the 1968 E Type.
Many experts and Jaguar enthusiasts will tell you that because Jaguar gradually transformed the Series 1 cars in into Series 2 cars, the biggest issue with purchasing a 1967 or 1968 E Type can be maintenance. These models were a work in progress and finding the parts to maintain these Series 1 ½ cars can be difficult. On the other hand, they were much like their predecessors in a number of ways. For example, like the other Jaguars from the 1960s, rust was a main issue, and because the body tub provides most of the structural support for the car, it is a serious issue. The Beverly Hills Car Club recommends finding the most pure example you can and spending the extra money to purchase a car that has little to no rust. Secondly, a car that has been in an accident tends to have more issues with rust over the years, particularly if the restoration or repair has been done haphazardly. Always perform a thorough inspection of any classic. If you’re looking for a road-worthy model, a complete check of all mechanics is advised. If you’re searching for a quality restoration project, knowing the history of the car and what parts are included can help make your decision. These are just a few of the 1968 Jaguar E Type Buyer’s Tips.
Considered one of the finest cars ever built, the 1968 Jaguar E Type is highly collectible. To learn more, the California classic car dealership professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to speak with you. They have been assisting clients in buying classics of all makes, models and conditions for years, and they look forward to sharing that expertise with you. Connect today!
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