Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2-Liter Roadster - Auction 28/7 For Sale by Auction (1969)
Chassis No. 1R9116
To be auctioned on
Saturday, July 28, 2012
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
246 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, dual carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, trailing lower radius arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"
• A well-maintained and largely original example
• Desirable and refined Series II model; distinctive original colors
Over time, experience and a changing worldwide market dictated many changes in the sublimely beautiful Jaguar E-Type. During the first seven years of the E-Type’s life, these changes were evolutionary and culminated in the 1968 release of the Series II models, representing a substantial redesign that foreshadowed many of the attributes of the final Series III V-12 E-Types that entered production in 1971.
Federal regulations in the United States, Jaguar’s most important market, drove some of the Series II’s changes, including revised lighting and the shift to a pair of Stromberg carburetors in place of the three SU units of earlier E-Types. Externally, the air intake substantially increased in size, a change masked by larger, full-width bumpers that were matched at the rear to meet US low-speed impact requirements. The well-proven 4.2-liter XK six-cylinder engine was little changed, although a higher-capacity water pump was fitted, taking advantage of the enlarged radiator air intake and better adapting the E-Type to warmer climates. The chassis got bigger Girling brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear, while the interior now included reclining seats as standard equipment.
In short, the steady evolution of the E-Type meant that buyers of the Series II got a much better, more comfortable and reliable Jaguar—attributes that complemented its already well-established reputation for superior performance, handling, and appearance. This highly desirable Series II roadster from 1969 is well-maintained, largely original, and has pleasant road manners. Under the current owner it was refinished in its original and highly distinctive pale green and a correct, new, green leather interior was fitted. Correct, detailed, and ready to go, it is sure to provide a wonderful open-air English motoring experience for its new owner.
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