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Jaguar XKE E-type : Considering Series I, Series I 1/2, Series II and Series III E-types

The real hunt for an XKE began with a drive in our Porsche 914 up to Monterey in August 2008 for the Concorso Italiano, Pacific Grove Car Show and Rally and other assorted diversions that occur in the area in the week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. We convoyed up with two Jags. One was a beautiful ’65 coup owned by our friends Mark and Karen. Mark had long been a proponent of me getting an XKE (or E-Type as he properly refers to the cars). We had a great drive up, taking the scenic route 134 in the mountains behind Santa Barbara and through the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley. We then jumped onto Hiway 1 and drove along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway from M0rro Bay to Monterey. Fantastic drive with the targa top stowed in the trunk. Both the Porsche and the Jag behaved impeccably. The fuel economy for the Porsche was astoundingly good – in the 35 mpg range – and the handling… well it is …