Lot 463: Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series 2 Fixed-Head Coupe
Apart from its engine and transmission, Jaguar's E-Type was all new. Introduced at Geneva in March 1961, it combined a multi-tube front chassis with a monocoque center section. Front suspension was similar to the predecessor XK-150's wishbones and torsion bars, but the rear was revolutionary. Comprising transverse lower links and fixed-length driveshafts, its wheels were suspended on coil spring-shock absorber units, two to a side. The differential was mounted to a hefty steel crossmember and hosted inboard disk brakes. Anti-roll bars were installed front and rear. At 2,520 pounds, it was 500 pounds lighter than the XK-150 and more powerful to boot. The 3.8 liter twin cam engine was fed through three SU sidedraft carbs and developed 265 bhp. In its day, the E-Type was bested only by Ferraris and the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. When introduced to the United States in April 1961, the car was billed as "XK-E," drawing on the brand equity of its 120, 140 and 150 predecessors. In 1965, the E-Type was treated to a number of evolutionary upgrades. The engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, and while the rated horsepower was no higher the car had greater torque, which made it more versatile in traffic. The gearbox given full synchros, and the seat backs became adjustable. From September 1968, Series 2 E-Types, incorporating safety upgrades previously fitted only in America, were released worldwide. In addition to revised lighting and switchgear, the front air intake was larger, and sat behind a full-width bumper. Power steering and air conditioning were now optional. A very early left-hand drive Series 2 E-Type coupe, this car bears the 11th chassis number of that series. It was purchased by the current owner as an original car in January 1992. It has since been the subject of a progressive restoration, repainted in the original Regency Red and furnished with a complete new leather interior in the original beige. All weatherstripping and gaskets are new, as are the brakes, universal joints and rear shock absorbers. The front and rear suspension, along with the steering gear, have been completely rebuilt. All hydraulic systems have been either rebuilt or replaced. The front and rear bumpers are newly replaced, nicely complementing the remaining original chrome, which is in very good condition. The car has new chrome wire wheels, mounted with Vredestein Class R-rated radial tires. The original owner's wallet is included. A lovely example of the Series 2 E-Type fixed-head coupe, this car will be appreciated by the discriminating buyer for its full restoration.
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