Left-hand drive,1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster  Chassis no. 1R13257
Lot 339
Left-hand drive,1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster Chassis no. 1R13257
Sold for £28,175 (US$ 47,357) inc. premium
Lot Details
Left-hand drive
1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster
Registration no. JBY 382J
Chassis no. 1R13257


  • Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. Its 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 XK150. An optimistic 265bhp was claimed, but whatever the installed horsepower, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb (227kg) less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. in 1965 The 4.2-litre version arrived 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 callipers and an up-rated radiator were among the many Series 2 mechanical improvements.
    This left-hand drive Series 2 roadster was imported from Ontario, Canada and owned in this country by an officer in the Armed Services. The current vendor purchased the car in 1998 from Woodmanton Classics in Worcestershire and recalls that it was in 'average' condition at that time though running well. While in the current ownership the floor has been replaced and the body re-sprayed British Racing Green, as traces of this colour, believed to be the original, were found beneath the existing 'willow green' finish. In 2007 the interior was re-trimmed and a new mohair hood fitted. Residing in Kent, the vendor has used the E-Type regularly, including trips to France, averaging a little more than 1,000 miles annually. Described as in generally good condition, the car is offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to September 2012 and Swansea V5 document. An XJ-S differential, replacing the low-ratio export unit, is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
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