The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd. between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of good looks, high performance and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold.
The Series 2 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. design legislation. The most distinctive feature is the absence of the aerodynamic glass headlight covers, which impacted several other imported cars, like the Citroën DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this retrograde step was applied worldwide for the E-Type. Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged “mouth” and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes.
New seats were fitted, which purists claim lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned; rocker switches that met US health and safety regulations were substituted for toggle switches. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial “ribbed” appearance. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.
This 1969 4.2 roadster is presented in silver with blue interior, at some point in its life converted to the more desirable right hand drive specification and given a set of triple SU carburettor, replacing the US specification twin Stromberg carburettors. The car comes with invoices on file from marque specialists CKL Developments totalling circa £11,000 since 2006.
The car has been regularly used by the current vendor, a Jaguar club member, often for tours including trips to Europe in which the car has performed to expectations. The roadster comes complete with a UK V5 registration, a comprehensive history file of invoices and MoT certificates dating back many years, and a Jaguar owner handbook for the Series II 4.2.