Lot 652: 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II 2+2 Coupé
Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-litre version of Jaguar’s sensational E-Type sports car brought with it a more user friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo along with the bigger, torquier engine. At around 150mph, top speed remained virtually unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the capacity increase being improved acceleration. Apart from ‘4.2’ badging, the car’s external appearance was unchanged, but there were numerous detail improvements, chiefly to the electrical and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. The 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 variant on a 9 in-longer wheelbase. Intended to extend the E-Type’s appeal beyond the traditional sportscar-buying market, the new ‘family orientated’ coupé came with improved visibility thanks to an increased glass area, greater headroom, improved heating and ventilation, additional luggage space and optional Borg-Warner automatic transmission. Changes to the USA’s safety and emissions legislation prompted the revised Series II of 1968. The headlight fairings were deleted and 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.
This 4.2-litre Series II 2+2 has the optional Borg-Warner automatic transmission. Originally a left-hand drive model, it has been converted to right-hand drive and restored at great expense; the history file’s contents indicating that somewhere in the region of £35,000 has been expended. This stunning car is finished in classic red livery, while the magnolia interior has been fully re-trimmed in leather by an ex-Rolls-Royce trimmer, including windscreen pillars and luggage compartment floor. The vehicle is offered with a detailed history of its restoration including photographs and costings, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London
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