The Series 2 E-Type 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, 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 beautiful UK-delivered example, presented in Opalescent Blue with a Red Leather interior, was supplied new in 1969 by Ritchies of Glasgow to an Italian living in nearby Troon, who was well known for using the E-Type to promote his ice cream business in the town. After many years of ownership he passed his beloved E-Type to his daughter, who enjoyed the Jaguar for many more years before selling the car to a local resident.
Now showing just 74,000 miles recorded, which we believe to be correct, this low ownership, low mileage example presents very well with excellent chrome work, chrome wire wheels, and a beautiful soft leather interior.
Offered with a comprehensive history file from new, a number of older MOT’s to support the mileage, also original handbooks and warranty card, this is one of the nicest original Series II E-Types which we have seen for some time.