The first significant up-grade of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car 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. These mainly concerned the cooling and electrical systems, the latter gaining an alternator and adopting the industry standard negative ground, while the interior boasted a matt black dashboard and improved seating arrangements. The top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration. Like its 3.8-litre forbear, the 4.2-litre E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupé variant on a 9" longer wheelbase. Intended to extend the E-Type's appeal beyond the traditional sports car-buying market, the new 'family orientated' 2+2 came with improved visibility thanks to an increased glass area, more headroom, improved heating and ventilation, additional luggage space and optional Borg-Warner automatic transmission. In 1968 all three versions of the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with US safety and emissions legislation, emerging in 'Series 2' guise minus the original's distinctive headlight covers. In addition, enlarged side and rear lights were 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. Having spent most of its life in the USA, this Series 2 2+2 Coupé was imported into the UK in 1998, as an original, rust-free car, for expert conversion to right-hand drive. 'OBV 672H' has had four owners since it was imported and is said to benefit from good panel fit with excellent paintwork and no rust. Riding on chromed wheels, this practical 2+2 starts and drives superbly, being used on a regular basis by the current owner and taking part in the E-Type's 50th Anniversary celebrations at Silverstone this year. An automatic transmission model finished in red with black leather interior, the car is offered with a quantity of expired MoT certificates, current road fund licence, MoT to September 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.