Lot 262 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Odometer reading||350 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £66,000|
|Result||Sold - £78,400|
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. 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 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 matching numbers 1970 series II Roadster was purchased in January 2013 in New York, the car was in pretty good condition and very useable however the interior trim was the original and well past its best. After arriving in the UK, the car was completely stripped down and the body sent for bare metal preparation where it was found to have very little rust or corrosion. The engine has been completely striped and rebuilt with six new pistons, the crank re-ground and fitted with all new bearings, seals including the important 'rope seal'. The cylinder head was sent to specialist for all new valves, springs and mild working of the inlet and exhaust ports. The gearbox was sent to specialist company and had all new internals including bearings and several gears. The rear suspension was removed and all the suspension joints and rubbers changed and the differential also sent for rebuild, the rear brakes renewed including new disks and calliper rebuild. The rear shock absorbers were also replaced and fitted with all new brake pipes and ancillaries. The front suspension was completely stripped down and rebuilt with new shock absorbers, all new suspension rubbers and ball joints etc. All electrical components were sent for rebuild or exchange units including new alternator and new high torque starter motor, the speedo and rev. counter refurbished. During rebuild, an auto electrician went from front to back checking every electrical component and connection. The car originally had a twin Stromberg carburettor set up and it was decided to fit triple weber's, these alone cost nearly £3,000, then the car was sent to be set up on a rolling road by a well known tuning specialist. When it arrived back from the body shop, the cockpit was completely lined with very expensive sound deadening and heat resistant foil which is a real bonus as it reflects all heat generated from the engine and gearbox. It was then set about the rebuild of the car, the fuel system had front to rear new fuel lines, a correct pressure fuel pump to mate with triple weber 45 set up, brand new fuel tank and all internal components, all new brake pipes front and rear new flexible hoses, new handbrake cables new front and rear bumpers and all new rubbers and seals. Finished in blue with the interior fitted with bespoke soft red leather with matching wool carpets to the original specification, a new mohair hood and matching tonneau cover supplied in a complementary dark blue. All new woods in the boot complete with beige Hydura covering as per original. It has also been fitted with ultra rare genuine old stock Triplexx, top tint, front windscreen with new rubbers and clips. The car sits on chrome wire wheels with Michelin red wall tyres which compliment the colour combination. This magnificent E-Type is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2016, a heritage certificate confirming the matching numbers, a file containing invoices and a photographic album of the restoration. This is an excellent example of what Enzo Ferrari called "The most beautiful car ever made."
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