Lot 213 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster (4.2 litre)
|Engine Number||7R 6895 – 9|
|Odometer reading||20,866 miles|
|Estimate||£105,000 - £125,000|
- Genuine UK, righthand drive with Heritage Certificate
- Matching numbers
- Low mileage example
- Subject to recent ground-up restoration
Upon its introduction at the 1961 Geneva Salon, Jaguar’s E-Type was an immediate hit, with its sleek design backed up by staggering performance. The newcomer’s appearance owed much to that of the racing D-Type and indeed the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as with the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8 litre, triple-SU carburettor fed ‘S’ unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265bhp on tap, the E-Type’s performance furthered the standards set by the preceding XK models: firstly, because it weighed around 500lbs less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type.
This superb example is presented in one of the most attractive colour combinations of Opalescent Silver Blue with cream leather interior which is accentuated by blue piping and a blue mohair hood. This is a genuine UK car, it was supplied to Guy Salmon, London and first registered on 11th September 1969 to a Mr. Berman of Surrey. The car was originally specified in Crème with a blue softtop. Sometime later, the car was exported to Sweden to its second owner, at this point it had covered a mere 9,000 miles. During its time the car was restored and painted red with full black trim and the speedo was changed for a new kilometre unit. We are informed that service sheets detail that the car covered a further 19,096km in this time. This roadster remained in Sweden until 2016 when it was returned to the UK due to the owners advancing in age.
Upon its return to the UK, its third and current owner decided it was once again destined for a restoration, this time however a full and comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration. With the odometer showing so few miles, this made an incredibly desirable low-owner, low mileage example.
We are informed the restoration was based on a no expense-spared philosophy with the project costing in excess of £100,000 and taking thousands of man hours to finish. Presented as new, the panel gaps are described by our vendor as being as they were when they left the factory. Whilst the body was being restored, we are informed the engine was sent away for a full rebuild although it is stated that the engine originally was in good order prior to the restoration process. Upon completion, the interior was retrimmed, all chrome work renewed or replaced and after a shakedown the car finished to the stunning order you see here.
Within the history file is a comprehensive collection of photos of the restoration process from start to finish, accompanying this is photographic evidence of the original odometer showing 9,000 miles before export to Sweden and photographic evidence of the odometer showing 19,096 km when purchased in Sweden, with the vendor warranting the 20,866 genuine miles from new.
A two-owner, spectacularly low mileage, fully restored, original righthand drive, UK supplied Series II Roadster, there is not a better E-Type recipe and with many similar cars making in excess of £150,000, we believe this is estimated very attractively.
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