Lot 296 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II, 2+2 Coupé *WITHDRAWN*
|Odometer reading||10,163 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
The Jaguar E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form and as a convertible roadster. The 2+2 version, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later. The model was made in three distinct versions which are now generally referred to as 'Series I', 'Series II' and 'Series III'. The Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the Jaguar E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection; one of only two automobiles to receive the distinction. 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, together with up-rated brakes are all hallmarks of Series II cars. 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 re-designed, with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout. New, more comfortable seats were fitted and air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.
The background to this good-looking example is interesting. It was originally acquired in 1978 by the vendor as an alternative family car to his Lagonda Rapide. It was thought that his wife and two daughters would prefer a more user-friendly and reliable motorcar. Some time was spent searching for the right one; it was thought that a sound body was preferable to mechanics and so it proved to be. This body is in excellent order throughout, sound and corrosion free. Approximately 500 miles were driven in it before the decision was made to begin a restoration. The externals were looked after by Peter McCuloch at Bodytech; namely a full re-spray in the original factory colour of red including new seals around all the glass, boot and door openings. The engine was removed and rebuilt then dynamically and statically balanced by Parisio Engineering. The rear axle was also removed and rebuilt and transmission checked for balance. The front suspension bushes have all been renewed. Ancillaries have also not escaped the vendor's eagle eye; a new exhaust, new chrome wire wheels and correct tyres and a new battery have all been sourced and fitted. The cockpit benefits from fresh seats utilising good quality new black leather with a slightly smaller then normal, leather-bound, Moto Lita steering wheel. As with many things, life got in the way and PHP 838G was dry-stored for the next 30 plus years until earlier this year when it was decided to re-commission her. With some fresh petrol, starting was immediate and a full MoT certificate has just been issued. Apart from a handful of miles pre-restoration, this represents a Series II E-Type that has had all major expenses addressed, supplied with a completely corrosion-free tub and is simply waiting for its next custodian to use it for the purpose for which it was designed. Using that fabulous six-cylinder engine with its triple S.U.'s and looking out over one of the most beautiful bonnets on the planet.
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS LOT HAS HAD TO BE WITHDRAWN. IT IS DUE TO BE RE-ENTERED IN OUR MARCH, 2014, SALE.
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