Lot 239 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Odometer reading||38,600 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £56,000|
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 coming 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. These cars are rare and now the most valuable. In October 1964 the 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres. 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.
This lefthand drive 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster with the 4.2 litre engine and manual gearbox was first supplied by the Jaguar main agents in New York and ended up in Delaware. A full ground up restoration was completed in the USA between 2010 and 2012 at a cost in excess of £68,000 which was comprehensively undertaken with a full photographic record, after which time the car was imported into the UK earlier this year. Finished in masons black with black mohair roof and tan leather interior, this Series II E-Type is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2014, a Heritage certificate, an extensive history folder and photographic record of the mechanical restoration all of which points to a sound and well-looked after example of what Enzo Ferrari called, 'the most beautiful car in the world'.
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