Lot 175 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Estimate||£78,000 - £85,000|
|Result||Sold - £79,520|
The E-Type Jaguar is, without doubt, one of the most significant classic motorcars ever penned. Its flowing lines, created just by eye and intuition, caused the head of Ferrari to doubt himself and it instantly became the car to be seen in and coveted by millions, young and old. The series I was launched in the, arguably, its purist form with, in 1968, the Series II following on. Modifications included open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, tail lights below the bumpers and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more 'ribbed' appearance. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches.
This striking righthand drive (originally lefthand drive) E-Type is believed to have been delivered new to California, where it dwelled in the garage of the first owner for the better part of two decades. The second California owner would use the Jaguar sparingly before putting it up in long-term storage. The car remained in his ownership for many years until 2012, when a noted San Diego-area Jaguar specialist acquired the car and soon embarked on a comprehensive restoration. Although the car is reported to have been in good, original condition at the time, and the mileage of just over 84,000 miles was believed to be genuine, the E-Type Roadster received new paint and upholstery to the highest standards in black over red. The car's mechanical systems were comprehensively restored as well, while a few tasteful upgrades were added including a full stainless steel exhaust system and aluminium radiator for improved cooling.
Today this striking E-Type presents beautifully inside and out; it has received the important 'shakedown' miles since the restoration and is a great looking example of the second generation E-Type. Supplied with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate and Certificate of Title from California, this has been priced extremely competitively.
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