I was introduced to the XKE in 1968 when my favorite Uncle bought one as his first new car out of college. Three years later, when I was 16, he stopped by my house and asked me if I wanted to drive the Jag. I explained that I didn’t know how to drive a stick. Without missing a beat, he replied “Well today you get to learn”. Needless to say, despite stalling it on the first release of the clutch, I was bitten by the XKE bug.
Over the year, I have owned several Corvette’s, several Porsche’s, a Mercedes SLK and while they were all great cars, they didn’t hold a candle to the XKE. Now retired, I have been working on and restoring a couple of vehicles - a 1999 BMW Z3 Coupe and a 2003 Jeep Wrangler.
I am confident enough in my mechanical ability to attempt just about any mechanical work that doesn’t require a lift and with the encouragement of my wife have decided that age 65 it is now or never to finally get my XKE.
Believe it or not, my Uncle still has his Jag, but it hasn’t run in nearly 20 years and he is still reluctant to give it up by selling it to me, but who can blame him. As a result, I have begun my search for my Unicorn. I’m searching for a 1968-1969 XKE Coupe, with manual transmission, factory air, and wire wheels. I’ve already passed on a 2+2 (no offense to 2+2 owners, just not for me) and passed on the automatic transmission (just not a Jag in my eye, sorry auto owners) and I’ve passed on some body work nightmares.
Other than introducing myself, my first of many questions to the group is, if I find a 68-69 Coupe, but it doesn’t have factory air, how difficult is it to install an aftermarket air con system, like from ClassicAutoAir?
Thanks in advance and wish me luck in my Unicorn hunting.