1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Roadster, Chassis no. 2R13621 Engine no. to be advised
Lot 351
1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Roadster, Chassis no. 2R13621 Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £52,900 (US$ 90,564) inc. premium
Lot Details
1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Roadster

Registration no. MRD 895J
Chassis no. 2R13621
Engine no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • 'If Les Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans has been responsible for the new E-Type Jaguar, then that Homeric contest on the Sarthe circuit will have been abundantly justified. Here we have one of the quietest and most flexible cars on the market, capable of whispering along in top gear at 10mph or leaping into its 150mph stride on the brief depression of a pedal. A practical touring car, this, with its wide doors and capacious luggage space, yet it has a sheer beauty of line which easily beats the Italians at their own particular game.'

    There have been few better summaries of the E-Type's manifest virtues than the forgoing, penned by the inimitable John Bolster for Autosport shortly after the car's debut. Conceived and developed as an open sportscar, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in Coupé form. The car caused a sensation - spontaneous applause breaking out at the unveiling - with its instantly classic lines and a 140mph-plus top speed. The design owed much to that of the racing D-Type, a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. Aerodynamically, the Coupé was superior to the Roadster and the better Grand Tourer, 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.

    Its engine aside, only in terms of its transmission did the E-Type represent no significant advance over the XK150, whose durable four-speed Moss gearbox it retained. The latter was replaced when the 4.2-litre engine was introduced in October 1964, a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and superior Lockheed brake servo forming part of the improved specification together with the bigger, torquier engine. 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 and cooling systems, and to the seating arrangements. Top speed remained unchanged at around 150mph, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved flexibility.

    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 'family friendly' 2+2 coupe variant on a longer wheelbase. With the increased length and rear seats came greater headroom, more luggage space, improved heating/ventilation, and optional automatic transmission. Changes to US safety and emissions legislation prompted the revised Series 2 of 1968. The headlight fairings were deleted and enlarged side and rear lights 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.

    This left-hand drive E-Type roadster served as a demonstrator at British Leyland Motors of Leonia, New Jersey and comes with its original bill of sale. The car was purchased from the original owner, who had used it very little during his ownership, and imported into the UK in 2012. It comes with the original owner's letter and stamped Jaguar Service Record verifying the recorded mileage of only 35,000. Re-sprayed in the 1990s, the car still presents well today and drives superbly. Finished in Primrose Yellow with black leather interior, the latter showing wear commensurate with age and mileage, this very well preserved and highly original E-Type roadster is offered with the aforementioned documentation, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2014 and Swansea V5, and comes complete with owner's manual, lubrication charts, tools and jack.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this is a matching numbers car. Owner's Letter not included in the documents. This vehicle does come with a tonneau cover.
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