Indeed " 30k made and about 10.000 still in existence/ driving" was the intention of my comment.Think >30k E9s were made. Not THAT rare, but definitely desirable.
Per @sfdon they can/should be removed, but Gary was worried they provide some additional support for the front shock towers. True?Scott,
I'm pretty sure those two spacers that are now on top of the front struts (were originally between the strut and the bottom of the chassis) were there on US cars to meet the DOT requirements for height of the front bumper and maybe headlights (remember the change for Jag e-types from last series 1 in '67 to the Series 2 in '68? They had to change the headlights to meet DOT standards as well). Those spacers were not used on any European delivery cars to my knowledge.
The sheet metal in that spot is on top of a plate that is several millimeters thick. It is possible that this plate can separate from the inner fender and send your towers thigh the hood. The plate itself isn’t going to shear. That is my long answer to “they aren’t needed”.People put those on top to take up the space of the long studs.
I really don't think it hurts anything and it may help somewhat spread the load on the thin sheet metal there, but they're not there on the Euro cars so really inconsequential.