Lot 360 - 1970 Aston Martin E-Type 4.2 Series II Roadster
|Odometer reading||11,364 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
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. On its release, Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-Type "The most beautiful car ever made". The Museum of Modern Art recognized 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 uprated 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 seats were fitted which, purists claim, lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable and air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.
This 4.2 litre, Series II lefthand drive roadster, was manufactured on 29th June 1970 and dispatched to the Jaguar dealer in New York as confirmed by the Heritage certificate. Prior to repatriation to the UK, a letter was obtained from a public notary in the U.S. confirming the mileage of 10,989. Arriving in excellent condition, the fastidious vendor set about making this example one of the very best available. After inspecting and driving the roadster, we can confirm this is certainly an E-Type of the highest order. The Primrose yellow coachwork is unmarked as is the black interior. The underside of MRD 953J is as spotless as the rest of the car indeed it is difficult to find fault in this magnificent example. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full years' MoT test certificate, any inspection will confirm the quality of this stunning Jaguar.
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