Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-litre version of Jaguar’s sensational E-Type brought with it a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and a superior Lockheed brake servo along with the bigger, torquier engine. Like its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupe forms, and in 1966 gained an additional ‘2+2′ variant on a 9” longer wheelbase.
Changes to United States safety and emissions legislation prompted the revised Series II E-Type of 1968. The headlight fairings were deleted, enlarged side and rear lights adopted, while a thickened front bumper centre section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles.
Part of a collection for two decades before coming to the U.K this pretty series two fixed head on offer was produced in 1969 and was delivered new to the United States in its current left-hand drive configuration. Although it started life dressed in sable brown the car still retains a lot of originality, the fabulous original interior displays a wonderful patina. As well as retaining its correct manual gearbox the engine and chassis numbers are also correct.
More recently the exterior colour was changed to a striking Ferrari Giallo Modena yellow that the car wears today. The body and paintwork are both in good order as are the chrome bumpers which show little sign of wear. Mechanically in good working order this lovely example has recently been granted a new MoT test certificate and sits on a set of Dunlop SP Sport tyres ready for use.
|Auction||The Spirit of Motoring, London October 2017|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
|Model||E-Type Series II|
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