Lot 379 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type SII Roadster

Lot 379 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type SII Roadster

Lot 379 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type SII Roadster

Lot Number 379
Registration SFW 452H
Chassis Number IR1217
Engine Number 7R6527-9
Odometer reading 17 miles
Result Sold - £32,480

The Jaguar E-Type is Legend. It needs no introduction and the motive power, design and accolades heaped upon it are warranted and well known. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961 with the domestic market launch caming four months later in July. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8 litre 6-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external hood (bonnet) latches. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964.

The Series I  can be recognised by glass-covered headlights, small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear.

3.8 litre cars have leather-upholstered bucket seats, an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel and console (changed to vinyl and leather in 1963), and a Moss 4-speed gearbox that lacks synchromesh for 1st gear. As with all motorcars that underwent progressive design and improvement, the Series II benefitted from open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial 'ribbed' appearance. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with rocker switches that met US health and safety regulations being substituted for toggle switches. New seats were fitted, which purists claim lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable.

Presented in possibly the best specification with classic Carmen Red with a contrasting black leather interior, this example has also had a mechanical restoration by the previous owners; comprehensively undertaken with a photographic record and with all components laid out correctly, photographed and re-assembled. The current owner, an experienced collector and restorer then undertook a further restoration concentrating more on the bodywork, brightwork and ancillaries. An uprated exhaust has also been fitted giving slightly increased performance and exhaust note and, combined with a full one year MoT test certificate, green log book, extensive history folders and photographic record of the mechanical restoration all points to a sound and well-looked after example of what Enzo Ferrari called, ""the most beautiful car in the world.""

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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