Model-year 1968 was the year of the Series 1 Jaguar XKE models. While the Series 1 designation was popularly adopted, the factory never recognized the term and would place the 1968 Jaguar XKE Convertible as a Series I model. This was easily confused due to the appearance differences, thus collectors and enthusiasts came up with the 1 designation. During this transitional year, there was a lot of turmoil thanks to new safety and emissions regulations passed by the United States government. Many of the required changes occurred at various times throughout the production year, which can cause issue in authenticating and visually placing a model within a certain year. The most significant exterior change would be on the headlights, where the glass covers would be replaced with an open design. The engine was also modified to meet new emissions standards. While displacement remained the same, the US cars would receive a pair of Zenith carburetors in the place of triple SU carburetors. Horsepower was reduced from 265 to 246hp; torque went down as well. In total, approximately 914 units of the 1968 Jaguar XKE Convertible would be manufactured beside 554 Coupes and 637 2+2 Coupes.
Because of the horsepower loss during this year, when you search for a 1968 Jaguar XKE Convertible model, you may find that the standard pair of Zenith carburetors has been returned back to the pre-1968 SU carburetors. You’ll also likely find that the toggle switches inside the car have been changed to rocker switches, which was a safety precaution during the time. As such, one of the most important Buyer’s Tips for this particular model year is to ensure that you have authenticated the model and its originality; comparing the engine and chassis numbers to Jaguar records can do this. If you’re having trouble finding these numbers, the team of classic car professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to assist you.
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