The 1974 model-year was the last official release of the illustrious Jaguar XKE line. During this production run, only a few changes were made to the 1974 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe and Roadster models, including the addition of bumper overriders on both the front and rear. Interestingly, a remaining 50 models were made on a separate production line in 1975; all were black and equipped with a special plaque on the glove box door. For many Jaguar collectors and classic car enthusiasts, buying a 1974 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe or Roadster is the equivalent to owning the epitome of the line, as it featured all the upgrades and advancements that would come about during the thirteen year production span. If you’re considering the purchase of a 1974 XKE, be sure to authenticate the car by checking all numbers to ensure they are matching. As with all classic cars, authenticity and originality are directly related to the overall value.
Condition is the other main factor that plays directly into the value of any Jaguar XKE. When you’re ready to start shopping for a 1974 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe, always ensure you have fully inspected any potential purchase for rust. Some of the common areas you’ll find rust on these classic Jaguars are the floor pans, the wheel well areas, the rear suspension where the radius arms bolt to the body, the lower rear panel assembly under the rear gas tank, and the front dash assembly where the front frame meets the shell. One of the ways you can check for rust repair is to take a magnet wrapped in cloth so you don’t scratch the paint and run it over the body. Typically, where the magnet does not stick is an area where filler has been used. This is not a foolproof method, however, as there are some plastic fillers out there that are impregnated with metal. Filler is not necessarily bad, but you’ll need to be conscious of whether or not the repair was done correctly. Always ask for records or repair and maintenance if available.
These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips for the 1974 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe that The Beverly Hills Car Club team has learned over their years of experience in the classic car market. When you’re ready to learn more, they are just a phone call away. They also encourage you to browse their online inventory to view the XKE models currently available at their California classic car dealership. Connect today to get started!
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