Lot 209 - 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II ‘Semi lightweight homage’
|£60,000 - £70,000
- Bespoke one-off build sheet
- Three-year project finished to incredible standard
- 4.2 litre rebuilt engine with triple Weber carburettors
Powered by the uprated 4.2 litre engine, compared to the 3.8 litre unit fitted to the previous model, the Series II E-Type offers longer legs for those continental drivers as well as offering a more practical sports car experience. Those classic E-Type styling cues though, are still very much present with that most beautiful of bonnet lines extending all the way back, taking in the fixedhead cockpit and ending in the beautifully curved rear end. Interestingly, the DNA from Sir William Lyons only extended to about 1,000 units of this model making it a rare iteration of this particular E-Type Jaguar.
A culmination of a lifetimes experience and three years of painstaking attention to detail has resulted in what can be described as a true breathtaking one off example of the Series II E-Type, what can be referred to as loosely an homage to the Semi lightweight E-Type of the 60’s this however in the vendors own terms was never intended to hold a likeness to any one car in particular but his own take on the perfect stance E-Type coupé. The result is part Eagle, Part Semi lightweight or low drag with widened arches and a race feel chrome bumper less example boasting a full roll cage and aluminium door cards that lean this towards track but could equally be softened with some carpeting and sound deadening to fast road.
The original donor car was supplied to New York State in 1969 detailed in the British Heritage certificate and repatriated in 2015 back to the UK from the Beverley Hills Car club as found in a copy of the certificate of title alongside much of the original paperwork, which is still found in the history file. Our vendor, a skilled retired panel beater, purchased the car prior to the pandemic and the break in the worlds day to day jobs enabled him to take on and complete the project. Every panel has had some attention even if only to see the glass like new paint but features specifically such as the widened arches and deeper front set this apart from any regular restoration. The original, 4.2 litre engine having been rebuilt is largely standard but for triple Weber carburettors, alloy finned radiator, a one-off alloy header tank and braided hoses much supplied by RS Panels including bespoke LWE mud shields and stone guards. The wheels are 7” Magnesium peg wheels to the front 8” to the rear and hide larger 11 ¼ front discs so this stops as well as it goes and just encase coupled to the roll cage the car boasts Tillet Carbon GRP seats and TRS four-point harness.
Supplied with a good history file with countless invoices from the build, coupled with its original book pack, Heritage certificate and UK V5 registration certificate. This example is light, fast and beautiful, one could say in its current state it is a piece of art and almost a shame to drive it in anger…but boy would we like to! Consignor Mathew Priddy
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