Lot 224 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||26,363 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was nothing short of a revelation. With its heady blend of supercar performance, breathtaking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left rivals reeling and customers clamouring. Early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement its reputation. Built as a monocoque with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, the model's combination of all-round independent suspension rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes gave it excellent road holding and handling capabilities. Fed by triple SU HD8 carburettors and topped with a 'straight port' DOHC cylinder head, its indomitable 3781cc straight-six engine was quoted as developing some 265bhp and 260lbft of torque. Allied to a four-speed Moss gearbox, it reputedly enabled the E-Type to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and on to 150mph. Achingly beautiful yet viciously quick, the E-type remains for many the ultimate production Jaguar.
Supplied with a comprehensive history file, this attractively presented Series II version of Jaguars fixedhead line-up benefits from one or two significant details. Not only is its mechanical history well detailed but, importantly for any classic car owner, the engine has been on the end of a nearly £7,000 rebuild complete with the additional crankshaft modification that offers a shoulder against the rear oil seal thus offering an oil-tight engine. The interior also offers its occupants a sensual experience as it has been re-trimmed in thick, good quality, black leather. The history details a full restoration by Hill House Garage in 1987 as well as a curent one year MoT test certificate.