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Lot 144: Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Litre Roadster

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar's E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. A direct descendent of the C- and D-Type models that so dominated 1950s sports car racing, its 3.8 litre twin cam engine produced 265bhp and was mated to a Moss four-speed gearbox. Beneath the beautiful William Lyons/Malcolm Sayer-styled body, available in coupe or roadster form, the steel monocoque chassis sported all independent suspension mounted on detachable subframes, using double coil springs/dampers and swing arms at the rear, with torsion bars and wishbones at the front. Brakes were discs all round, mounted inboard at the back.

October 1964 saw the debut of the 4.2 litre model; apart from the capacity increase from 3781cc to 4235cc and improved torque  but the same power  it boasted a new all-synchromesh gearbox, better brake servo and seats, an alternator, and a leather-faced dashboard replaced the former aluminium.

The first thing you notice about this 1969, 4.2 litre example is that it's an original UK car offered in good condition throughout. This car underwent a full restoration in the late 1980s to concours condition and is still in fine fettle. Supplied with a V5 document, MoT certificate valid until October as well as service invoices, this example is striking in red with a black hide interior piped in red.

With E-Type prices reaching new highs almost on a monthly basis, the Series II roadster represents excellent value for money. The improved performance over its earlier Series I sibling offers a package that will surely push desirability and prices onwards and upwards for the Series II Roadster.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number144
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£42680
Condition rating1
Registration numberDAB 54H
Chassis number1R 1255
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2