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JAGUAR E TYPE. AUCTION FINISHED
The summer of love may have gone by the time the Series II appeared, but the love for the Jaguar E-type, then as now, knew no bounds. While purists may hanker for a Series I original, the Series II incorporated a number of significant improvements that resulted in a more mature and reliable car. As Series I prices continue to soar, so demand for Series II will rise – they’re not going to get any cheaper, so now’s the time to see what investments can be made. For those who want a sorted E-type the Series II has got a lot going for it. A good example will certainly not be cheap, but you will not just be investing in one of the most desirable classic cars but also ensuring a lot of driving pleasure.
Although the model’s prices might suggest otherwise, now is a good time to get that Jaguar E Type you’ve always promised yourself.
Since the E-type made its sensational debut in 1961, some devotees were wary of subsequent developments but change it did. The XK6 4.2-litre engine pre-dated the arrival of the Series II, appearing in the two-seater Sports and coupes from 1964, and then the elongated 2+2s from 1966. The 4.2 is a smooth and powerful engine that offers refinements over the previous 3.8 including better low-end torque and mid-range pickup.
The Series II was announced at the Earl’s Court motor show in 1968 continuing the range of three different models at the same price but offered a revised look with some notable new features and options. For many Jag fans, it is the one to have while for others it is the one they can afford.
Because America represented a huge market for the E-type, several of the changes were in line with US legislation relating to emissions and safety. For example, the new fully reclining seats allowed for head restraints to be fitted, while rocker switches replaced the earlier toggle type, and a collapsible steering wheel was introduced. However, the most visible change was the loss of the distinctive glass headlight covers.
Engine cooling was improved with a larger air intake, plus a pair of electric cooling fans and a larger radiator. Braking was improved while air conditioning (left hand drive cars only) and power steering were optional extras, with an automatic gearbox being a factory fitted option for 2+2 owners.
The E-Type design owed much to that of the racing D-Type, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. Conceived and developed as an open sportscar, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961 in Coupe form. The car caused a sensation, spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling, with its instantly classic lines and a 140mph plus top speed. In October 1964, the 4.2 litre model was released. The more powerful engine, all-synchromesh gearbox and Lockheed brake servo formed part of the new specification and made for a much more user-friendly car.
Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged, but under the skin there were numerous detailed improvements, mainly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating which was upgraded to a more comfortable touring style. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, but the main performance gain from the larger engine was more torque at lower RPM. Start the engine and the XK engine runs beautifully with good oil pressure. most desirable colour combination, awaits a new custodian for the first time in 9 years and only the fourth in 51 years
But why all this talk of prices when we could be emoting about the E-Type’s gorgeous styling? Simply because the model is seen as the bellwether of the classic car market.
This Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Fixed Head Coupe is a well-preserved example of a British classic, presented in outstanding condition and which runs and drives very well. Under the bonnet sits a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated straight-six engine, producing up to 265bhp and 283lb-ft of torque, paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. The odometer currently indicates 48,698 miles. Hopefully the pictures do it justice as this fine example is a real head turner.
Since first being registered in 1970 the car led a very normal 2 owner existence. In 1993 the car underwent a complete restoration by Colin Ford. The car was originally painted White but the customer wanted the job done properly and would accept no compromise. The car was fully dismantled to see what was needed and new or replaced parts were sourced. The list is endless but to list just a few are the brake calipers and servo, ball joints, full suspension, dampers, lights, doors, bonnet, inner and outer sills were all replaced. This also included re-building the engine, carbs, gearbox and differential. A new wiring loom, brake lines and fuel pipes were added. Just for good measure they changed the colour from White to Carmen Red. New wheels and tyres finished off what was a stunning restoration.
Whilst there are no available photographs of the project, the restoration is the subject of a December 2009 Jaguar World magazine article written about the E-type 2+2 variant. In short, the vehicle saw a nut and bolt, bare metal restoration to an impeccable standard. More detail can be seen in that article as included in the photographs. In 2011 the car came to Peter Jarvis for conversion to left hand drive, destined for its new home in Spain. (the current vendor still has the parts need to convert it back if required) However, the car never left for Spain in the end fell into the current Vendors hands in May 2012. The 2+2 was in near perfect condition and has earned a number of Best in Show trophies over the years. The car has been serviced and MOT’d annually regardless of mileage. Focussed improvement projects, such as the rebuilding and powder coating of the front suspension, have kept the car in near pristine condition. The respect given in the Jaguar World article from 2009 is as worthy now as it was then.
Since in the current owner possession there is detailed history and work carried out since 2013 to 2021.This includes regular servicing and replacement parts to the tune of £11,500 by a local Classic car specialist. A full detailed list of work completed can be seen in the pictures.
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The bodywork of this E-Type has been seen by ourselves and is in very good condition, finished in Carmen Red. Overall though, this is a 51-year-old car that still looks amazing for its age and mileage and is a real head turner wherever it goes. The car rides on a set of 15 inch wire wheels which have a beautiful finish to them and are capped with the two-eared Jaguar knock-off hubs.
In the cabin, the Black leather upholstery is described as being in very good condition and may even be original. There is some light creasing on the seats, but no rips or tears in the material. The door panels and sill covers also look smart, while the steering wheel and gear knob have minimal wear.
The most recent MOT test was in August 2020 at 48,698 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories. For a 51 year old car, that tells you how good this example is.
This Jaguar E-Type Series 2 FHC is an honest example of a coveted 1960s classic, boasting a handsome colour combination and sound mechanicals. The underneath of this car is in stunning condition for its age and full details and pictures of this car be seen in the pictures section.