1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Coupe
Chassis no. 1R25523
Engine no. 7R3177-9
Although conceived and developed as an open sportscar, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in 3.8-litre Coupé form, causing a sensation with its instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and a more accomplished GrandRoutier, enjoying as it did a marginally higher top speed and the considerable convenience of a generously sized luggage platform accessed via the side-hinged rear door. The 4.2-litre version arrived in 1965 boasting a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear alongside the bigger, torquier engine. Proposed changes in United States automobile legislation would eventually result in the revised Series 2 announced in October 1968, though modifications began to be phased in during 1967. Externally the Series 2 was readily identifiable by its larger sidelights, raised bumpers, deleted headlight covers, twin reversing lights and square rear number plate, while the interior was revised with rocker-type dashboard switches, new seats and collapsible steering column. Beneath the skin, Ad-West power steering, Girling brake calipers and an up-rated radiator were among the many Series 2 mechanical improvements.
Comprehensively restored in the 1990s, and obviously at considerable expense, this left-hand drive Series 2 Coupé has been well maintained since and was imported into the UK from the USA in December 2004. A manual transmission model, the car boasts the desirable upgrades of triple SU carburettors (replacing the US-specification twin Strombergs) and chromed wire wheels, and is finished in primrose yellow with black leather interior. A total of 61,000 miles is displayed on the odometer and the car is described as driving as it should. Offered with old State of Ohio title deed and C&E Form 386 confirming duties paid.