First previewed at the Parc des Eaux Vives, and later launched at the Geneva Auto Show in 1961, the Jaguar XKE was truly breathtaking. The car’s distinguished styling, obviously influenced by Jaguars racecar products, blended with sport performance and affordable pricing to become one of Jaguars most iconic series of autos. With a lifespan of more than 13-years, the XKE had huge appeal not only in the American market but also throughout Europe. More than 5,000 models would be made each year. Part of the Series 2 models that were produced from 1969 to 1971, the 1970 Jaguar XKE is characterized by its open headlights without glass covers, its wrap-around rear bumper, its re-positioned and larger front indicators, and by its tail lights, which were now found below the bumpers. Better engine cooling was also enabled by a larger grill or mouth at the front, while brakes were also upgraded. Inside, new seats were fitted, however, Jaguar purists insist they lacked the style of the originals. Lastly, air conditioning and power steering were now available as factory options.
Searching for a complete 1970 Jaguar XKE Buyer’s Guide can be quite difficult, as there are a number of items to look for that are unique to the XKE. For example, brakes are a big deal in the Jaguar XKE. With rear inboard brakes, any serious work on them can require removing the entire rear sub frame. Additionally, there is far more working parts on these brakes as compared to American cars of the day. Finding parts should not be too problematic, however, as these were not low-production vehicles. As with many classics, rust is also a problem with the Jaguar XKE series and attention should be paid to some of the more rust-prone areas. Because the XLE body is partially unitized, the body tub provides much of the structural strength of the car. You will want to ensure its integrity before purchasing. Lastly, if you are considering a restoration project, be sure to have a thorough understanding of any work that has already been performed and any service history or additional parts that may come with the auto.
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