Approximately 11,000 miles from new, incredibly well-preserved
1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Liter Series 2 Roadster
Chassis no. 1R8626
Engine no. 7R 4387-9
*4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine
*150 mph performance
*Four-speed manual transmission
*The world's greatest crumpet catcher
*Remarkably preserved example
*Desirable rarely seen color
*Approximately 11,000 miles from new
The first significant upgrade of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-liter version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. The car's external appearance was largely 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 matte black dashboard and improved seating arrangements. The top speed of around 150mph remained unchanged, the main performance gain being improved acceleration. Like its 3.8-liter predecessor, the 4.2-liter E-Type was built in roadster and coupé forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupé variant on a 9" longer wheelbase.
In 1968 all three versions of the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with US safety and emissions legislation, emerging in 'Series II' guise minus the original's distinctive headlight covers. In addition, enlarged side and rear lights were adopted while a thickened front bumper center section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles.
Presented here is quite possibly the finest preserved Series II E-Type Roadster Bonhams has ever had the pleasure of offering. Chassis number '1R8626' was delivered in the striking and rarely seen shade of Willow Green, and was purchased new by Jack Kaufman of Bloomfield, Michigan. He drove the car rarely, and in 1985 advertised it for sale in Hemmings; it was then sold to Norm Fogelstrom of Creswell, Oregon, who kept the Jaguar in his garage and, with an eye towards preservation, never drove it. That is how, upon acquisition by the vendor in June 2011, this Jaguar had covered only approximately 11,000 miles from new. The E-Type retains its original paint, interior, glass, top, wheels, and even tires. Because the car sat for 26 years, the vendor took care to service the cooling system, fuel tank, carburetors, and brakes as needed. Here is a quite possibly unrepeatable chance to acquire an E-Type Roadster in one of the most desirable colors produced, a shoe-in for the Preservation Class at most any Concours d'Elegance. It will surely afford its new owner the pride of ownership that only a truly original example of the marque is capable of.