1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II FHC

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Location: United Kingdom

The Jaguar E-Type Series II FHC (chassis number 1R20593) offered here at Autostorico is finished in its original Primrose Yellow with Black leather interior trim. This original RHD example was manufactured on 16thDecember 1969 and supplied new by Henlys Limited of London to its first owner on 10th March 1970. Remaining in long term ownership until 1996, when it was purchased by a Jaguar enthusiast who undertook a no expense spared restoration which is documented in its accompanying photographic file. Works included removing the engine and gearbox and stripping the whole body, before a bare metal respray. The car was also subject to a full mechanical overhaul including engine, gearbox, and suspension rebuild. Other notable works included overhauling the braking system, re-wire and interior re-trim.

It is offered for sale with a current V5 registration document, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, previous MOT’s, photographic file and other related material.

Some history on the iconic E type.

The E-Type Jaguar debuted at the 1961 Geneva Motorshow as a replacement for the hugely successful Jaguar XK150. The new E-Type was nothing short of a revelation, with its heady blend of supercar performance, breath-taking styling and low price tag, the newcomer left its rivals reeling and customers desperate to own one. Designed by William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer, the E-Type was launched in both fixed head coupe and roadster form with design inspiration taken from the Le-Mans winning D-Type sports racer. Built around a steel monocoque chassis with a front sub-frame to cradle the engine, all-round independent suspension using coil springs and dampers to the rear with torsion bars and wishbones to the front. Brakes were Dunlop discs all round, mounted inboard to the rear alongside the differential to reduce un-sprung weight. Powered by Jaguar’s XK straight six engine, the E-Type offered breath taking performance to rival both Ferrari and Aston Martin.

The first significant up-grade occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-litre version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Apart from ‘4.2’ badging, the car’s external appearance was unchanged but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements, chiefly to the electrical, cooling systems and to the seating arrangements.

Jaguar introduced the Series II E-Type in1968, which incorporated a number of design changes including the most distinctive being the absence of glass headlight covers. Other external changes included wrap around front and rear bumpers and re-positioning of the front indicators and rear tail lights. The interior changes included the ignition switch being moved to the steering column and the metal toggle switches being replaced by plastic rocker switches.

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