Lot 274 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Odometer reading||4,211 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
|Result||Sold - £128,800|
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". 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 '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.
As confirmed by the Heritage certificate, this Series II E-Type was manufactured on 30th December 1969 and shipped to the Jaguar dealer in New York; in 1989 the car was repatriated to the UK. Since then, the financial investment into this E-Type has been huge with an endless list of work carried out, notably the fitment of a five-speed gearbox and converting her to righthand drive. The time that has been invested by the vendor to present the car in the order it is in today is immeasurable. Three files of paperwork are supplied with the car with invoices totalling in excess of £50,000. The vendor purchased the Jaguar in 2009 and set about turning her into a concours car. In 2011 the car came second in the JEC concours competition and in 2012 this delightful E-Type was a worthy winner, resulting to an invitation onto the Meguiars stand at the NEC where she attracted a never ending stream of admirers. The effort the vendor has put in to make this such a splendid example is quite remarkable, with an eye and attention to detail rarely seen. The under bonnet area sparkles and interior completely unmarked. The boot is spotless and even the genuine Jaguar toolkit gleams. However, perhaps the best feature of this Jaguar is rarely seen-the underside of the car is polished with the same enthusiasm as the bonnet. It is hard to find any fault at all with this E-Type, perhaps the best summary is by Brian Page of Classic Assessments who after inspecting EHJ 432H wrote 'I have inspected over 250 Jaguar E-Type examples within the last 15 years or so. This example is, in my opinion, one of the very best of a handful of Series II examples of comparable quality. The vehicle is superb in every detail'. In our opinion, the car can be summed up in one word, 'magnificent'.