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. 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.
Beautifully presented in one of the best colour combinations for this model, Regency Red with a black leather interior, this lovely example has been in the current ownership for 5 years. After purchase our vendor arranged for an engine rebuild by a marque specialist and the paint was refinished (which totalled in the region of £10,000). In 2017 the E-Type enjoyed a major service to the tune of £2245 by specialist Marcus Barclay. Marcus went through the car once more in June 2019, which included the fitting of a new distributor, and we understand the E-Type now runs beautifully. The interior trim is nicely preserved and in very good order.
Showing a mileage of just 42,492, the Jaguar is truly in great shape throughout and drives tightly. Offered with a recent MOT certificate, this is a fine example of one of the most desirable classic cars of the last century.