Lot 177 - 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Sold - £57,680
- Good older restoration
- Sold with cherished number 275 CAT
There is little doubt that the advent of Jaguar’s E-Type revolutionised the motoring world and sent the press into raptures, the penmanship that created such exquisite lines was truly gifted. The Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the Jaguar E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only two cars to receive the distinction. This three-dimensional beauty, however, was complemented by a fabulous double-overhead cam, six-cylinder engine that powered this lithe, taut creature comfortably over the 100mph mark. Jaguar, rightly, were not content to sit upon their laurels however and continue to develop the E-Type with the first substantial improvements arriving in 1964 with a newly enlarged 4.2-litre powerplant increasing torque and improving driveability. In 1968 open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and taillights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged ‘mouth’ and twin electric fans together with uprated brakes are all hallmarks of Series II cars. 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 redesigned with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout.
This very good Series II Jaguar E-Type roadster has been in long term ownership with the last owner buying the car in January 1988. According to the letter attached to the sales agreement the previous owner purchased the Jaguar in 1976 with a recorded mileage of 38,000 miles and it was fitted with a new bonnet and repainted. The letter also states that in 1980 the rear suspension, brakes and differential were overhauled, in 1984 the cylinder head and gearbox were rebuilt and in the summer of 1987 the car was completely repainted, and a new rear bumper fitted. Supplied with the car is a file of invoices and which shows that it was re-trimmed in 2007 and major engine work was carried out by marque specialists Thomas Barclay Ltd in 2013. Shortly after it was MoT’d in August 2014 the car was placed into dry storage where it has remained until very recently. This Jaguar has been checked through and the engine started and is now running and driving very well. This very good 1970 Jaguar E-Type roadster is finished in Old English White with dark blue leather and matching dark blue cloth hood. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2024 and a file containing past invoices, old registration documents and some old MoT test certificates. This Jaguar is being sold with the cherished number plate 275 CAT with a value of £4,000.
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