Lot 213 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type SII Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||18,466 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £60,000|
|Result||Sold - £52,072|
A direct descendant of Jaguar’s giant-killing D-Type, the E-Type naturally borrowed many styling and engineering cues, the body was slippery and voluptuous, looking fast even when stationary. The engine, initially, was the same 3.8 litre unit with triple SU carburettors, independent suspension, and disc brakes. The car evolved however, over time, with an engine upgrade in 1968 to 4.2 litres as well as various body modifications such as front scoop, headlights and indicators for the Series II model. Autocar described it, at the time, as “the fastest car we've ever tested”.
The history file accompanying this example is extensive to say the least, detailing ongoing improvements including a light restoration in 1991/92 have contributed to this original righthand drive fixedhead model. According to the JDHT certificate, it was delivered new to Mr. G. Martinson with England cricketer and coach, Graeme Fowler taking delivery more recently and John Bintcliffe, Audi racing driver/team finally taking the wheel prior to the vendor.
Since then, in 1999, rear bearings were added as well as cap-leads, plugs, bulbs, filters etc. Later, new tyres were fitted all round as well as new Boge shock absorbers to the front. In 2000, it had a full engine and gearbox rebuild with new nitrided valve guides and bearings. This included a carburettor rebuild and new exhaust manifold. The new clutch is a three-part Borg & Beck unit and, obviously, all new hoses and fan belts were added. In 2011/12, all suspension bushes, ball joints and tie rod ends were replaced along with rear shock absorbers and front torsion bars. The steering column was also rebuilt alongside a completely new interior with an up-to-date radio/CD/MP3 unit and hands-free telephony. In the last 12 months, it has had new front discs and pads, overhauled front suspension with new shock absorbers, front and rear and springs to the rear with a rebuilt rear cradle assembly, as well as a new radiator and cowling. Complete with a new clutch, a fresh MoT test certificate and plenty of books and manuals, this most classic of sporting coupés is well priced, well put together and extremely well documented.
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