1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Liter Series II Roadster
Chassis no. 1R 7088
Engine no. 7R 1208-9
4,235cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
265bhp at 5,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Long history of California ownership
*Matching numbers example
*Originally delivered to California
*Sparingly driven in recent years
*Recent paint and brand new interior
The E-Type Series II
Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-liter version of Jaguar's sensational E-Type brought with it a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and a superior Lockheed brake servo along with the bigger, torquier engine. Like its 3.8-liter forbear, the 4.2-liter E-Type was built in roadster and coupe forms, and in 1966 gained an additional '2+2' variant on a 9"-longer wheelbase.
Changes to United States safety and emissions legislation prompted the revised Series II E-Type of 1968. The headlight fairings were deleted, enlarged side and rear lights 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.
The Motorcar Offered
Built on August 14, 1968 according to factory records, this charming E-Type Open Two Seater was dispatched just over one month later to Jaguar Cars, New York, eventually finding its first owner out West, a Mr. Edwin Gabay of Glendale, California. It appears the Jaguar remained on the West Coast; its prior owner, of Big Bear, California, acquired the car in 1998 and was under the impression he was only the car's third owner. Apparently a garage queen for many years, the Jaguar has been driven sparingly since then.
Originally finished in Daimler Silver Grey over black upholstery with a matching black top, this left-hand-drive Roadster is understood to have had its engine and drivetrain rebuilt during 1997-1998 and has seen few miles since. The matching numbers engine is reportedly the high-compression European-spec version with the gold head and triple SU carburetors in place of (American spec) twin Strombergs.
In recent years, the Jaguar was finished in the period-correct shade of primrose yellow that it currently wears, and a new black leather interior has just been installed. Offered with a tool kit and an extensive file of receipts documenting its restoration, this lovely Series II E-Type is an attractive example of the breed, boasting a long history of California ownership.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is J691R7088 and it is titled as a 1969.