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The Denim Chin Gets a 1963 Original Jaguar E-Type

Prolific automotive enthusiast, Jay Leno, recently added another car to his stable of fine machines. An original 1963 Jaguar E-Type now has a home in The Big Dog Garage. The car had just one owner other than Leno, a California woman who bought the car new in 1963 and kept it in excellent condition.

Powered by a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, this XKE coupe looks to be in excellent condition. Its Old English White paint is, according to Leno, about 90% original. The engine and chrome pieces have only needed careful cleaning, and the car’s clock still works, a fact Leno thinks is a good omen for the future of the car.

Unlike many other cars in Leno’s collection, he plans to keep this one as original as possible. Though he has swapped out the car’s original suspension with a newer setup, and replaced the old wheels with a modern version of the Jag’s knockoff wire wheels, the Jaguar remains as close to original as a 50-year-old car can get. Thankfully it’s in the hands of a collector who realizes the value of the phrase “original and unrestored.”