Lot 229 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
|Chassis Number||IR 1016|
|Engine Number||7R 1749-9|
|Odometer reading||154,000 miles|
|Estimate||£82,000 - £92,000|
- Original matching numbers example
- Comes with a very good history and its original buff logbook
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 drivability. 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 superb 1969 Series II Roadster is finished in gleaming red with biscuit leather interior. This is a matching numbers original right hand drive example which is confirmed by its Heritage Certificate. The engine was rebuilt in 1995 approximately 70,000 miles ago but has been well maintained since and has 60 psi cold and above 30 psi when warm. The body was professionally blasted then rebuilt and painted by Bodycraft of Guildford with receipts for £22,109 and £17,000 of new panels and a professional re-trim was carried out by Unique Autotrimming at a cost of £6,000 with its original chrome being re-plated costing £1,750. The car’s rear differential was rebuilt by Hardy engineering of Leatherhead and rear suspension rebuilt with new bearings and seals. All parts are either new or fully refurbished with all new nuts and bolts, including an electronic ignition and high torque starter motor fitted. The car comes with four folders of photos and a two inch think folder of receipts showing a total of circa £58,000 having been spent on this fabulous Jaguar E-Type, which even comes with its original green buff logbook.
Given the detailed information provided by the vendor, it’s evident that this Jaguar has been restored with a high level of attention and care. The professional work done on the engine, body, interior and other components, along with the use of high-quality materials and components, certainly enhances its overall value. Additionally, the upgraded features such as the electronic ignition, high torque starter motor and new stainless-steel exhaust can also contribute positively to the vehicles appeal and performance. The large collection of receipts and photographs is particularly valuable, as it helps establish a comprehensive and verifiable record of the work done on the car. Potential buyers or collectors will appreciate such detailed documentation, as it provides transparency and a clear understanding of the vehicle’s history and condition.
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