Lot 260 - 1970 12947 E-Type, Series II, Roadster
|Odometer reading||70,000 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,920|
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. 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. Altogether a more comfortable, driving Sportscar.
Originally delivered to Illinois in the USA and latterly to the Beverly Hills Car Club, this Series II Roadster arrived back on these shores as a light project between father and son last year. The car, however, was found to be 'too good' and another example has since been sought. Under close inspection the chassis and underside were found to be in sound and solid condition with the upper body panels in an original condition. A near-side floor panel has been replaced and, notwithstanding one or two minor impact-blemishes in the body, the overall condition of shell and paint is good. A new mohair hood has been fitted recently and the interior shows little signs of wear. Sitting on chrome wire wheels with new rubber all round (including spare), this represents an attractive E-Type in sound condition and priced competitively.
Previous lotLot 259 - 1968 13028 911
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