Lot 244 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Chassis Number||1R 1615|
|Engine Number||7R 11983-9|
|Odometer reading||92,000 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £74,000|
|Result||Sold - £61,600|
Launched at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 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 clamoring. Early sportscar racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori, amongst others, helped cement its reputation. In 1968 and due largely to US regulations, the E-Type underwent several design changes and improvements. The new Series II Jaguar E-Type can be identified by its open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned larger front indicators, tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' with twin electric fans, and up-rated brakes. 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. Head restraints, a collapsible steering column and an all synchromesh gearbox improved safety and comfort for the occupants.
This four owner, Series II E-Type roadster was originally supplied by PJ Evans, Birmingham and was taken by the first owner Mr. William Kirkpatrick to Northern Ireland in September 1978. Mr. Kirkpatrick owned the car for eighteen years before selling it to Mr. Charles Pollock in August 1988. In June 1989 the E-Type went to JC Restorations for a full restoration, changing the colour from its original blue to Signal Red however, just prior to completion, Mr Pollock unfortunately passed away and the car was put into dry storage for approximately the next fourteen years. The next owner, Mr Harold McGarrity, bought the car in October 2007 and used it for over two years before it was purchased by the current vendor in January 2010 and repatriated back to England. In July of the same year, the vendor was not happy with the gearbox and clutch and was recommended by the Jaguar Club to go to Watjag Ltd in Derby to have a new gearbox fitted. After an inspection which showed that the restoration work on the body had been done to the highest of standards, it was decided to complete the restoration. This resulted in a complete engine re-build including new cylinder liners, a new T5 five-speed gearbox, new clutch, a rear end removal and overhaul, radiator rebuild (which was later replaced with a new one) and various other improvements. All this work cost over £18,500; money the vendor says was well spent as it drives perfectly. Since this car has been in his ownership it has been meticulously maintained and he has kept a record of the times it was wax-oiled, serviced and taken out to Jaguar and classic car events.
This 1970 Series II Roadster, finished in Signal Red with beige leather seats, is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2016 and a large file containing old log books, MoTs, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage certificate, various photographs and a file of invoices dating from 2010. This is in superb condition throughout and is the perfect car for someone looking for a roadster to drive and enjoy.