Lot 286 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||73,354 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £68,000|
|Result||Sold - £55,000|
- Matching numbers UK righthand drive motor car
- Current ownership – 38 years
Launched, initially as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form, the Jaguar E-Type, with its sleek lines, was a revelation in 1961, especially with respect to its top speed of 150mph. In 1968, several revisions were introduced, these being, open headlights without the earlier glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights, now mounted below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged air intake, twin electric cooling fans and up-rated brakes. The interior and dashboard were also re-designed with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches whilst re-designed seats were fitted which were certainly more comfortable than the Series I cars. In addition, air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options whilst the transmission retained the all synchromesh manual four speed gearbox of the later Series I cars. With these changes, the car became known as the Series II E-Type.
This Series II E-Type has been in the current ownership since 1980; the vendor, a garage owner, has maintained the car himself and is only the second owner from new. The car retains its original colour combination of Regency Red with a contrasting grey interior and was refurbished with a bare metal respray in the early 1980s; the finish still looks in very good order today and is complemented by a set of chrome wire wheels. The interior was re-trimmed approximately ten years ago and looks smart to this day. We are informed that this Jaguar drives exceptionally well and the mileage recorded as genuine with only, approximately, 2,000 miles being covered in the current ownership! This E-Type will arrive at the sale with its UK V5C registration document, British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate and a fresh MoT test certificate. Enzo Ferrari described the E-Type as the most beautiful car in the world, a quote that resonates with many still today.
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