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 instated for toggle switches. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial “ribbed” appearance.
According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate of December 2016, this E-Type was exported in September 1969 to New York. Then finished in sable, the car received some restoration in 2016 having returned to Europe. Now presented in beautiful black livery with new black seating and new black hood, the car looks stunning. Reportedly un-welded underneath, driving as it should with a smooth gear change, it has also been finished to European specification; making it easy to register it in the EU.
This E-Type roadster comes with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, customs documents and the original Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook. A wonderful opportunity to acquire the most quintessential of British sports cars that is ready to be enjoyed.